Trustee Emeritus and former Board Chair F. Kevin Tylus ’73 passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 after an extended illness. In addition to being a respected business and community leader, he was a dedicated and generous donor and volunteer for the School for more than three decades. He also used his financial expertise to serve and lead The Hun School as a highly esteemed member of the Board of Trustees for nine years.
As the Board noted in a 2014 resolution, “few individuals have been more devoted to the School, had deeper roots in the Hun School community or given more of their time, wisdom and resources in securing its continuing vitality and vision” than Mr. Tylus.
Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, December 20th, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at Mather Hodge Funeral Home on Vandeventer Avenue in Princeton. A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church on Nassau Street in Princeton. The Tylus Family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to Cycle for Survival or The Hun School of Princeton in Memory of Kevin Tylus.
A True Hun Supporter
Mr. Tylus was active on behalf of Hun since the early nineties, first with the Middle School, then as a member of the Parents’ Association. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2014, serving both as vice chair (2009–2011) and chair (2011–2014). During this time, he was a member of the Head of School Search Committee, and then the chair of the Head of School Transition Committee for current Head of School Jon Brougham. He also contributed to the vision and success of the Wilf Family Global Commons initiative. In February 2017, the Board named him a Trustee Emeritus.
In 2017, Mr. Tylus served as chair of the Endowment Study Group, which led to Hun’s Strength Unbounded Capital Campaign that raised more than $26 million. He was inducted into Hun’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, received the Meritorious Service Award in 2001, was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2007, and received the John Gale Hun Medal in 2014. He and his wife, Ginger, recently hosted Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day in October.
“If there’s a Hun event and Kevin’s schedule permits it, we can count on him to be there; regional alumni gatherings, Alumni Weekend, sponsoring the Golf and Tennis Outing—the list goes on and on,” Mr. Brougham noted in 2011 when introducing the then-Board chair.
Mr. Tylus also created a family legacy of Hun students, from his four children—Megan Tylus McNally ’99, associate director of admission; Lindsey Tylus Lively ‘01; Kelsey Tylus Testa ’05; and Kevin Tylus ’05—to two of his grandchildren, Addison ’26 and Tyler ’28. Each member of his family has been involved in the life of the School, from hours of collective volunteerism to philanthropic leadership.
A Leader in Banking, Finance, and Community Service
While attending Hun, Mr. Tylus was an honors student who received All Prep and All Area recognition in soccer and basketball and was a member of the 1972 state championship baseball team. After graduation, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Gettysburg College, where he also played varsity basketball and baseball. He also received a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Health Care Administration from La Salle College.
Professionally, Mr. Tylus served as president and CEO of Royal Bank America from 2012 until Bryn Mawr Bank Corporation’s acquisition by Royal Bank America in 2017, when he was appointed president and member of the Board of Directors for Bryn Mawr Trust’s Banking Division. In 2016, he received an Outstanding CEO Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Prior to Royal Bank, he served as regional president of PNC’s Central New Jersey region and president of Yardville National Bank as well as other leadership positions in the financial services, insurance, and healthcare industries. He also served as a lecturer at the Wharton School and the Princeton University undergraduate economics program.
Mr. Tylus’s devotion to community service was by no means limited to his alma mater. He served as president of the Nassau Club, a trustee of the Princeton Ballet School and American Repertory Ballet Company, a trustee of St. Gregory the Great Parish, an advisor to the Montgomery Township Economic Development Commission, and a coach and administrator for various youth sports organizations.
When Mr. Tylus stepped down from the Board in 2014, former Board Chair Hugh T. Hurley III called him “a gentleman’s gentleman.”
“You’ve got a very unique style which has enabled you to accomplish so much on the Board,” Mr. Hurley told him. “Your fingerprints are on all of [the School’s accomplishments] without ever really being in front … you allow your leadership team here to foster and grow and expand and really feel like they are not just showing up to volunteer, but that they are truly participating and making a difference at The Hun School. So, my hat is off to you for that great accomplishment.”
Mr. Tylus is survived by his wife, Ginger; his four children, their spouses; and twelve grandchildren.