Theo Neilly ‘01

Theo NeillyCurrently: Bahamas Consul General
Location: Washington, D.C.

A Voice for His Country

Every day, Theo Neilly has the kind of professional opportunity that most individuals could only dream of—serving as a powerful voice for his home country, the Bahamas, and working to advance the interests, economy and quality of life for his fellow citizens. 

“Great academics and a Christian worldview.”

During his time at PBA, Neilly was impacted daily by the support he received. He believes that support from the campus community was just as important as the quality of PBA’s academics and exceptional opportunities for experiential learning.

“My time at PBA was characterized by great academics and a Christian worldview. But just as important to me was the supportive nature of the campus community. Faculty and staff were always there for me whenever I needed anything. It really is a family type of atmosphere.”

“I saw a very bright future for him.”

As impactful as PBA’s community was on Neilly, he had the same kind of impact on others, according to political science professor Dr. John Calhoun. Dr. Calhoun referred to him as “Senator Neilly” during his senior year after he was elected student government president.

“I saw a very bright future for him. I really thought Theo had the right values and principles to go back to the Bahamas and become an important leader. And he’s done that.”

“Go out there and get involved.”

One of the ways in which Neilly has served his country recently is spearheading relief efforts for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, leading fundraising campaigns and appearing on national media outlets.”

“It takes a lot of time and energy. But if this is what you want to do you have to go out there and get involved. I feel like I can make a difference. That’s the key. If you feel you have a message you have to be willing and wanting to serve people.”

“PBA helps people who want to serve.”

One of the most valuable things Neilly says he gained at PBA was discovering more about himself than he had known, which helped clarify and focus the vision he had of his future.

“One of the things I learned from PBA was sticking to what I believe in. I cling strongly to what I believe in, and I’m able to speak my mind, from the town square to caucus meetings, all the way to the floor of Parliament. PBA helps people who want to serve, whatever capacity that’s in.”