April 27, 2009
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21
MERRIMACK – The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts welcomed Dr. William Fahey as President last week. Dr. Fahey, formerly the College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, becomes the College’s third president in its 31-year history.
He succeeds Dr. Jeffrey O. Nelson, who resigned to pursue another educational and business interest.
“We are very fortunate to have William at the helm. For the last two years he has both been a respected teacher in the classroom and a decisive leader in our College’s developments and administration,” said Dr. William Stott, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and former president of Ripon College. “The continuity and trust that he brings is critical in times like ours.”
Dr. Fahey has been the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Thomas More College since 2007. Prior to serving at Thomas More College he was the founder and departmental chairman of the Department of Classical and Early Christian Studies at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, where he was also the President of the Faculty Senate. He also taught at the Catholic University of America and Brookfield Academy in Wisconsin.
Dr. Fahey completed an undergraduate honors degree at Xavier University, a Masters in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, and holds a second Masters and his Doctorate from the Catholic University of America.
Dr. Fahey has been honored with several distinguished fellowships. Most recently he was named a Newman Fellow of the Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education. Dr. Fahey’s archaeological studies have brought him to Wales, the south-east coast of England, eastern Turkey, and the Alpine valleys of Italy.
He has published in a variety of respected academic journals in the areas of Classics, History, and Theology, and is a respected commentator on the writings of G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Most recently he has lectured and published on naturalist author Wendell Berry. He is currently translating an anthology of Robert Bellarmine’s political writings from Latin.
“I am appreciative of the Board of Trustees and the confidence they have placed in me,” said Fahey. “I am honored to follow after Jeff Nelson, who brought fresh talent to the College during a time of transition and oversaw a tremendous expansion of fundraising. He had a remarkable passion for advancing the College’s reputation both regionally and nationally.
“I look forward to the days ahead,” Fahey added. “The College must renew—as always—its commitment to its heritage. It must recall the reason for its existence: to facilitate the encounter each student and every teacher has with the true, the good, and the beautiful.”
Dr. Jeffrey O. Nelson is confident in his successor’s administrative abilities.
“I am delighted that Dr. Fahey has been tapped as my successor,” Nelson said. “He exhibits all of the traits of a strong leader, and is well respected among staff, faculty, and students. He brings to this position strong academic credentials as well as administrative experience. I anticipate great things from him as he continues the important work of solidifying Thomas More College as an institutional leader in Catholic liberal arts education.”
The Thomas More College of Liberal arts is a four-year college providing a Catholic education for students of all faiths.
If you would like to schedule an interview with President Fahey, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or by email at