Dr. Adrian Rondileau Award for Professional Achievement & Community Service
Thomas C. Hoye Jr., ’92
Mayor of Taunton
Was Presented by: Greg DeMelo, G’11, Director, Travel Services, Bridgewater State University
Taunton Mayor Thomas C. Hoye, Jr. is a life-long resident of Taunton, and began serving as the city’s mayor in January of 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bridgewater State University in 1992, and a Master’s of Education from Fitchburg State University.
After college, Mayor Hoye returned to Taunton where he worked in the Morton Hospital Sports Medicine Program as a Certified Athletic Trainer. He was the first hire of the program and was employed there for 18 years until beginning his tenure as Mayor. He also taught in the Taunton Public Schools for 12 years until his election.
Mayor Hoye is heavily involved the Taunton community. He has coached softball, baseball, basketball and soccer, has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Taunton, the Taunton Industrial Theatre, and as a member of the Taunton Municipal Council. He is also the co-owner of Taunton’s Tom and Jimmy’s Ice Cream and Del’s Lemonade.
In response to the Opiate Crisis gripping the Nation and the Region, Mayor Hoye initiated the 100+-member Taunton Opiate Task force in 2014. He was later appointed to the Governors Opiate Task Force and to the Advisory Board of Attorney General Healy’s Project Here, which provides early education in our Commonwealth’s Schools.
Mayor Hoye has worked extremely hard with Community Stakeholders, such as the Taunton Development Corporation, to make the Myles Standish Industrial Park the finest in New England. The park currently boasts over 8500 jobs. He has taken great pride in helping revitalize the Historic Downtown Taunton, which is now the home to several new restaurants and businesses. He initiated the Downtown Rent Rebate program which has aided local development. Now it is being modeled by other cities and towns as part of Governor Baker’s economic development package.
Mayor Hoye and his team have worked hard at enhancing and adding community events. This has improved civic pride and drawn people to Taunton. Mayor Hoye has improved the parks and playgrounds throughout Taunton and helped make them a place that families can enjoy. He has also taken pride in improving the infrastructure in Taunton. His sound financial judgment has improved Taunton’s Bond rating, making the City much more attractive to investors. He has worked hard to add police officers, firefighters and teachers to enhance those departments. Taunton is currently in the process of building a new elementary school and City Hall.
Tom Hoye is a devoted husband and loving father of three. His wife, Stephanie (BSU 96), is an Elementary School Principal. Together they have three children: Sophia (age 13), Tommy (age 11), and Lilah (age 8).