University Announces Election of Two New Members to its Board of Trustees

Grace Kennard Co-News Editor

On Monday, Jan. 13, the University announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees. Thomas J. Holt, Jr. and Christina Larson Kelly joined the 35-member board effective Jan. 1.

Holt graduated from the Villanova School of Business in 1985 with a BA in Finance, and currently resides in Philadelphia. He is the current president and CEO of Astro Holdings, Inc., a port related real estate holding company. His other titles have included chairman, president and CEO of several logistics and maritime transportation businesses. Holt’s career covers over 30 years in various sectors of the transportation services including marine transport, domestic trucking, U.S. domestic and marine logistics, stevedoring and marine terminal and distribution center logistics.

Holt is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and is involved on the CEO Council for Growth, in addition to recently being appointed to the Union League’s Board of Directors after remaining a member since 2014. Holt continues to be an active member of the Villanova Community as a former trustee of Holy Ghost Preparatory School and serving the President’s Advisory Council for nine years.

Larson Kelly graduated from the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in 1974, and went on to earn her master’s degree in Nursing at Boston University and her Certified Financial Planner™ certification from Northeastern University. She is a longtime resident of Boston. Larson Kelly is the current president of Larson Financial Planning, Inc., a firm that specializes in the investment management and financial planning needs for registered nurses. She has held numerous nursing and hospital administrative positions in different Boston teaching hospitals like Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Medical Center and the Lahey Clinic Medical Center for over 30 years.

In addition, Larson Kelly has held the title of CEO of Armstrong Ambulance, a leading medical transportation and patient-centric ambulance service in Massachusetts. Her goals transitioned from deveoping health care systems and supporting patients to focus on the nurses within those systems. She was a longtime member of the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Board of Consultors and most recently, its vice chair. Notably, she is a Medallion recipient, an award aimed at recognizing distinguished Fitzpatrick College of Nursing alumnae. Larson Kelly was among a select group of Villanovans who serve as consultants to the University Provost and other academic leadership as a member of the Provost’s Board.

“We have brought onto the Board two new outstanding members who are dedicated Villanovans and will serve as faithful stewards of our great University,” said University President Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A, Ph.D. “Both Tom and Christina are true reflections of the Villanova experience and will help to guide the University forward as we pursue our bold new strategic plan.”