2007-09-26 / Business

Donahoe, former president of the Buffalo Bills, named to Nichols's board of trustees

Donahoe Donahoe Nichols School has named Thomas Donahoe of Amherst as a new member of the board of trustees.

Donahoe is a former president and general manager of the Buffalo Bills. While with the team he helped develop the Bills Store, Bills Digest, the youth football initiative, a Bills youth football field and the Buffalo Bills Student Leaders. He also served as a football analyst with ESPN.com.

Having started his professional career as an English teacher and high school coach, Donahoe always had a passion for football and simultaneously acted as a full-time football scout. By the late 1980s, he became director of pro personnel and development for the Pittsburgh Steelers, his hometown team, where he worked as a ball boy in the 1960s.

Donahoe went on to become Pittsburgh's director of football operations and obtained many star players for the Steelers, winning four division titles in the 1990s.

Donahoe is a member of the board of directors of Medaille College, the National Collegiate Scouting Association and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He is involved as a youth sports sponsor and contributes to a variety of organizations, including Holy Family Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Franciscan Center, Buffalo City Mission, Western New York Food Bank and Kids Escaping Drugs.

John C. Farmelo, vice president and principal of Bradford Energy LLC & Bradford Exploration Inc., and Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, have also been named new members of the board of trustees at Nichols.

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