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.


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Donna Fitzpatrick Bethell


Dan Taylor


John McKernan


Anne Marie Vogel


Michael DeTar


Paul King

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

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

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




Michael Hichborn, President of the Lepanto Institute


Scott Jones, Director of Our Lady of Victory Homeschool


Brian McCall,


Catholic Family News


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