Thomas W. Nissley, PhD

Thomas Nissely

Title: Board Member
Company: Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut, United States

Thomas W. Nissley, PhD, a board member for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in various fields, including historical preservation, real estate and therapy.

Dr. Nissley has enjoyed a fulfilling and multifaceted career in various fields that has spanned for more than five and a half decades. Among his roles, he has earned distinction as an agent and marketing expert for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England, through which he serves as a recognized expert in the preservation of historical homes, and was named as the Realtor of the Year by the New Canaan Board of Realtors. Pertinent to this role, Dr. Nissley is also a board member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, now known as Preservation Connecticut, which seeks to protect and promote buildings and landscapes that contribute to the heritage of the state of Connecticut.

Outside of his primary work in historical preservation and real estate, Dr. Nissley has maintained involvement as the president of the Ridgelea Institute since 1975, where he serves as a consultant and trainer in transactional analysis therapy, as well as publishing materials on various artistic and theater events. Previously, he availed himself to his local community as an associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, from 1964 until 1975, where he also served as the director of pre-school services, church schools, adult education, drama and community relations. Dr. Nissley also contributed as a member of the Board of Education for the city of Stamford, the local chapter of United Way, and the Stamford daycare program.

Before venturing onto his vocational path, Dr. Nissley sought a formal education at Franklin and Marshall College, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and business in 1955. Following this accomplishment, he attained a Master of Divinity in theology and worship at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1958. Dr. Nissley concluded his academic efforts at the Université de Neuchâtel, where he attained all but his dissertation in practical theology and Christian worship in 1970. In becoming certified in therapeutic practices, he went on to study at the Western Institute for Family and Group Therapy.

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