CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2023) —Additional details are now available regarding Thomas More University School of Education’s expanded and upgraded initiatives. At a press event in March of 2023, University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D., alluded to an innovative education model on the horizon to answer the region’s workforce needs. “The vibrancy of our communities in Northern Kentucky and throughout the Commonwealth require stronger schools and the most important investment that we can make is to ensure that every child has access to high-quality instruction and excellent teachers who care deeply about their education,” Chillo said addressing the community. The School of Education’s transformational new initiatives are set to roll out in phases over the next several years.

The new model is called the Education VILLA, which stands for: Visualizing educators of excellence through Innovative methods promoting Leadership and Learning in an Atmosphere of growth, critical thinking, and research. The name draws on Thomas More University’s history as a teaching college, founded to train Catholic school teachers as Villa Madonna College in 1921. “Thomas More University graduates the best teachers in Northern Kentucky and these updates will provide our aspiring educators with even more opportunities to engage their learning with the highest quality materials and technology. These experiences will provide a platform for faculty and students to be more innovative and creative in our preparation to meet the challenges of the education landscape today,” says Christy Petroze, Ed.D., School of Education chair.

The first phase of the Education VILLA is complete, as classrooms were equipped with state-of-the-art technology and upgraded furniture made possible through the generosity of an alumnus donor. Phase two is currently in progress and includes the launch of a first-of-its-kind Dyslexia Institute which was announced in August 2023. Phase two will also see the introduction of a new Honors Cohort model for University students with an expected application opening date of January 2024. The final element of phase two is a suite of professional development offerings for current professionals in the education space.

A STEM Institute that features a partnership with the Thomas More University Biology Field Station is phase three and is expected to launch in 2026. Phase four includes several advanced graduate degrees that are currently in development with projected launch dates ranging from 2025 to 2027. In the final phase of the Education VILLA, the University looks to create substantial scholarship opportunities for upperclassmen. Further details about each phase are to come.

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About Thomas More University

For 100 years, Thomas More has created a university for the student who wants to Be More, Do More, Seek More, Win More, Achieve More, and Create More. Since its founding in 1921, Thomas More has provided a mission-driven, liberal arts education that is based in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Students learn to harness the power of human reason to solve problems and discover truth, which allows them to begin the journey to become the person they were created to be. Entering into the second century, it’s time for More. Serving more than 2,000 students, Thomas More aspires to be the premier Catholic university in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, build upon its excellent return on investment (ranked #1 among private universities/colleges in Kentucky by MSN Money in 2021 and ranked #2 for long term gain in Kentucky by a 2022 Georgetown University study) and share with this generation the transformative power of the Thomas More experience. To find out more, visit

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