Collegium Leadership

Every person who serves on the Board or as a member of the faculty or staff must

  • be a practicing traditional Catholic,

  • be committed to the traditional mission of The Collegium,

  • sign the Oath Against Modernism.

Board of Trustees



Advisory Board

Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute

Scott Jones, Director of Our Lady of Victory Homeschool

Brian McCall, Editor-in-chief, Catholic Family News

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, writer and composer of sacred music, and a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, Ohio

Administration and Faculty

Edward Schaefer, president and faculty

  • DMA from The Catholic University of America

  • 39 years of teaching and administration in higher education

  • Expertise in music theory, choral music, and Carolingian chant

  • Has directed scholas and choirs singing beautiful music for four decades

Phillip Berns, Academic Dean and Faculty

  • MA in Philosophy from Tulane University

  • MTS from Notre Dame Seminary

  • PhD in Philosophy forthcoming from University of St. Thomas, Houston

  • Expertise in Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Philosophy of Economics

  • Experience teaching Theology and Philosophy, and singing in and directing scholas

William Stover, Dean of Men, Director of Admissions, Faculty

  • MA in Classical Philology from the University of Virginia

  • MA in Classics from the University of Notre Dame

  • Expertise in Ancient Historiography,  Cultural Perception in the Ancient World, Greek and Latin Philology, Paleography and Codicology

  • Experience in Student Activities

Dana Rissley, CFO and CBO

  • MBA from University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • CPA

  • Experience as Financial Director for Amsted Rail and as Financial Controller for IONX

Elizabeth Dowling, librarian, liaison with Washington County Free Library

  • Master of Library and Information Science, University of Washington

  • Accomplished librarian experienced in leading and managing teams

Karen  Schaefer, office manager, accompanist, women's residence hall advisor

  • Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University

  • 40 years of experience teaching piano

  • 50 years of experience as a collaborative pianist