West Point Graduate and Former Army Ranger Appointed as Director of Mission Advancement for TMLC

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ANN, ARBOR, MI —The Thomas More Law Center today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Lynch as its Director of Mission Advancement.  Lieutenant Colonel Tom Lynch retired from the United States Army Reserves in August 2010.  Lynch received his Regular Army commission in 1982 from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

The Thomas More Law Center is a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Its mission is to preserve and promote America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, a strong national defense, and an independent and sovereign United States of America.

Lynch assumes the newly created position and reports directly to the President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, Richard Thompson.  Commented Thompson, “With his devotion to duty, honor, country, his experience as an Army officer and business leader, and a deep commitment to his Christian faith, Tom will be a key player in advancing the Law Center’s mission.”

Lynch served on active duty upon graduation for almost 6 years, serving as the graduate assistant soccer coach at West Point prior to starting as a Field Artillery officer at Fort Hood, TX.  Lynch was selected to join the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Forward Observer Team Chief and completed his duties at Fort Benning, GA, serving in several Field Artillery Battery and Battalion positions. 

In January, 1988, Lynch resigned his active duty commission and after a short stint with the NJ Army National Guard, completed 21 years of service with the US Army Reserves.  During that time, he served in a variety of Command and Staff positions.  He was a Battery Commander, Battalion Operations and Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Brigade Operations and Executive Officer and Principal Inspector General for the 85th Division (TS) for over 4 years.  He was mobilized as an Inspector General for 2 ½ years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  He attended the US Army Airborne School, US Army Ranger School and the Army’s Command and General Staff College and has received numerous awards.

He joins the Thomas More Law Center after being brought back on active duty to be the Executive Officer and Recruiting Operations Officer for the University of Michigan’s Army ROTC Program in Ann Arbor, MI.  During his tenure, he was selected to the Voices of the Staff’s Leadership Development Team by the University President, Mary Sue Coleman.

Besides his military experience, Lynch held executive positions in sales, distribution, international product management, global sourcing, manufacturing and real estate with Pepsi Cola, Federal Mogul and Corvus International.

Lynch serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Oakland, the West Point Society of Michigan, Legatus International of Detroit and Covenant House Academies in Detroit.  He serves as a staff member of the Michigan Freedom Academy each year and is the volunteer state coordinator in Michigan for the West Point Admissions Field Force. 

He is a lifetime member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Association of the United States Army, Military Officer’s Association and the Reserves Officer’s Association.

Thomas J. Lynch was born in Jersey City, NJ and grew up in NY outside of New York City.  He was the oldest of four children born to J. Brendan and Elizabeth J. Lynch.  Lynch attended Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY. He and his wife, Kate, have three teenage children and reside in Bloomfield Hills, MI. 

The Thomas More Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c) (3) organization. The Law Center does not charge for its services.  You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.