Although best known as the founder of Domino’s Pizza and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball franchise, Thomas S. Monaghan is currently devoting his attention full time to non-pro t endeavors, speci cally focused on underwriting Catholic higher education.

In addition to supporting the university, the Ave Maria Foundation provided the initial funding for Ave Maria School of Law, a Catholic law school currently located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but slated to move to Florida, (for which Monaghan serves as chairman of the board of governors).

The Foundation also helped establish the Thomas More Law Center, a public-interest law rm that provides legal counsel to organizations and individuals whose religious and other freedoms are threatened. In 1987, Mr. Monaghan founded Legatus (Latin for “ambassador”), an international organization of Catholic CEO’s and presidents committed to studying, living and spreading their faith through their professional and personal lives.

While still a student, Mr. Monaghan founded Domino’s Pizza. He and his brother, James, borrowed $900 to buy a small pizza store called DomiNick’s in Ypsilanti. He later bought his brother’s share of the business, and opened additional stores in Ann Arbor and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Mr. Monaghan has received honorary degrees from twelve universities around the country, and in March of 2000, he was named an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College within Britain’s University of Cambridge. He is a Knight of Malta, ascribed to the American Association.