College of Business

Thor Tolo

Assistant Professor

  • M.A. University of Washington, 2012
  • B.A. Concordia College (MN), 1984

Business and Organizational Management Program Coordinator for CAPS


Thor Tolo joined Northwest University's College of Business in August 2016. As Assistant Professor of Business, he teaches several Adult Evening courses along with traditional undergraduate and online classes. Thor and his wife, Shelly, own and operate a nationally recognized event production company, so sharing with students his experiences in entrepreneurship and other business disciplines is a wonderful blessing.

In 2012 Thor earned a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington while anchoring news on KOMO 1000. The challenge of teaching would become irresistible during Thor's two years in the NU Communication Studies Department where he was blessed to incorporate 18 years' major market broadcast experience.

Before a four-year run as host of Salem Radio Network’s Live from Seattle (2004-’08), Thor anchored Emmy winning TV sportscasts for NBC owned-&-operated WKYC in Cleveland, co-hosted one of America’s first sports-as-entertainment morning radio shows, and anchored the 68-station Minnesota Vikings Radio Network from flagship KFAN.

Following three years in Minneapolis, Thor emerged from a nationwide search to host a daily call-in show for the world’s first radio station – KDKA. It was during those seven years in Pittsburgh that Thor's 3-hour program was honored by his broadcast contemporaries as Pennsylvania’s Best Talk Show.


  • Speed chess
  • Sailing
  • Racquetball (103-2 lifetime)
  • Trumpet


  • Science of dreams
  • Storytelling
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Barry Manilow commercial jingles


Tolo, T., & Watanabe, L., & Stout, J., et al. (2010, December). Project Cirrus. Research based project proposal for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC. Strategically assessed client’s needs, developing a mobile app and social media campaign surrounding its release to help extend reach and educate public.

Recommended Reading

  • Business as a Holy Calling?, Tim Dearborn
  • The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peter Drucker
  • Bias, Bernard Goldberg
  • Anything written by Frank Deford (seriously, anything!)