William Edmund Fahey | Thomas More College

William Edmund Fahey

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Dr. William Edmund Fahey is the third president of Thomas More College and brings to the office a record of institutional building and broad scholarly accomplishments. On the natural level, he attributes his successes to the excellent counsel of family and friends, and to the guiding principle that a Catholic liberal arts education is truly an excellent foundation for all human action.

Dr. Fahey earned an Honors A.B. from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) in Classics and History. Afterwards, Fahey pursued postgraduate studies in Ancient History at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where he completed the M.Phil. (mode A) in Ancient History. At the Catholic University of America he studied in the Department of Classics, and earned both the M.A. and Ph.D. (with highest distinction) through the Early Christian Studies program.

In the Sciences, Dr. Fahey has been a participant in the graduate seminars through the American Museum of Natural Science and advanced studies through the Environmental Science Department at Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vermont).  He earned in M.Sci. in Wildlife Conservation from Unity College (Unity, Maine).  He holds Certificates in apprentice level Beekeeping and Natural Beekeeping from the University of Montana.

He has held a number of distinguished fellowships including the Richard Weaver Fellows, a Henry Salvatori Fellowship at the Heritage Foundation, the H.B. Earhart Fellowship, and the Maguerite Eyer Wilbur Fellowship at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.

Dr. Fahey came to Thomas More College after nearly a decade of undergraduate and graduate level teaching at Christendom College (Front Royal, Virginia), where he established the Department of Classical and Early Christian Studies, of which he was Chairman. In addition to numerous administrative posts and committee work there, Dr. Fahey was the President of the College Faculty Senate. Dr. Fahey also taught at The Catholic University of America, as well as at Brookfield Academy (Wisconsin), and the American Academy (St. David’s, Pennsylvania). He has taught abroad in Germany, and for many years in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Western Civilization Honors Program held at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, England.

Dr. Fahey’s scholarly interests extend from the Classical World through the Fathers of the Church to the importance of Agrarian thought and traditional craftsmanship on past and contemporary culture. In addition to Cicero, Virgil, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, and St. Gregory the Great, he has an especial interest in the writings of G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Fr. Vincent McNabb. He has been published in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review, The St. Austin Review, Faith & Reason, The University Bookman, Classical World, and The Classical Bulletin.

Dr. Fahey is a Benedictine Oblate with the Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation (Clear Creek, Oklahoma), as well as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a Knight of Merit of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George). He and his wife, Amy—a doctor in English literature from Washington University, St. Louis, and an M.Phil. from St. Andrews, Scotland—have five children: Helena, Mary, Catriona, William, and Benedict. During his free hours, Dr. Fahey enjoys the natural beauties of the region–through gardening, hunting, hiking, and sailing. Dr. Fahey’s family has lived in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire since the 1620s. He has a keen interest in the history of New England.

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