are back in different schools together
Go McQuaid! Go Aquinas!
a basketball or football game between McQuaid Jesuit and
Aquinas Institute and you can see the legendary rivalry between
these two Rochester-area Catholic high schools.
|James Whelehan ’85 and Michael Daley ’90 have
much in common besides their RIT degrees.
is historic: McQuaid is a 50-year old, all-male prep-school founded
by the Jesuits; Aquinas is a 100-year old, former Basilian-run
institution that became co-ed in 1982.
turn into similarities when you consider the presidents of
each school: James Whelehan of McQuaid and Michael Daley
of Aquinas, who were appointed to their posts last year within
two months of each other. Whelehan received an MBA from RIT’s
College of Business in 1985; Daley received the same degree
in 1990. Both grew up in the area and worked in the telecommunications
industry. Both love to play golf.
we were hired because what our schools need most are leaders
with real-world perspective, business people who can
raise money and support for our Christian values and educational
mission,” says Daley, who lives in the Rochester
suburb of Greece with his wife and three children. Daley
is currently involved in two separate $5 million revitalization
projects for Aquinas, including a fine arts center and
Although he grew up
in shadow of Aquinas, Whelehan believes the rivalry between
the two schools is overplayed. “It’s
simply a matter of letting the best team win,” says
the president, who lives in suburban Perinton.
and Whelehan even the score when it comes to their
regard for RIT’s
graduate business program. They agree it was rigorous but very applicable
to real life.
“I can still
remember Dr. Jeffrey Lessard and what we called his Lessardian
Theory of Economics: that people are lazy, that people are
ignorant and that people are greedy,” quips
Daley with a laugh. “Maybe that’s
why I decided to leave industry and give something back to the
Whelehan agrees: “In
business, I was working 100 miles an hour and traveling all
the time. I have seven children and it was hard
to be there for them; I was missing out on their
“Although my kids still don’t
let me help them with their homework, I know
what it takes to be president of McQuaid. It’s
something I learned at RIT – how to be
good at making more out of less.”