Tony Pomonis is the son of a Greek immigrant who came to the United States in 1960. While he started in the College of Business Administration, Tony eventually transferred over to Liberal Arts & Sciences because he was miserable and wanted to prove he could be successful following his own passion. He worked to pay his own way through school thereafter, graduating from the U of I with a degree in English in 2002. In the next nine years, Tony opened and operated a handful of local diners, each inspired by a work of art. Among his choices were Hopper’s Nighthawks , Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Towards the end of this period, he married Christina Nichols, and they started a family. Tony also started investing more time in volunteer work, beginning his association with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County.
Today, Tony functions at Illinois as a conduit between alumni and their Alma Mater, creating meaning along the way. He has used the critical thinking, writing, and reading skills he learned as an LAS undergrad in every facet of his adult life. They are why he is professionally successful and personally happy building relationships with alumni.
For more information about supporting the English department’s education, teaching, and excellence activities, contact:
Anthony A. Pomonis, Assistant Director of Development