There are four men whose contributions were essential to the founding of Thomas Aquinas College and whose service to the cause of Catholic liberal education has been invaluable. They are:

At Thomas Aquinas College, the Board of Governors must select the College’s president from among the members of the teaching faculty. The College’s founders chose this arrangement, which is singular among American colleges and universities, so as to ensure the integrity of the College’s vision as an authentically Catholic institution committed to the highest academic standards.

Over the course of its history, the College has been served by four presidents — two of them founders — who have carried on this mission. They are:

 

The Founders

Founders of Thomas Aquinas College: Dr. Ronald P. McArthur, Dr. Marcus A. Berquist, Mr. Peter L. DeLuca, and Dr. John W. Neumayr

Frater Simeon Goodwin, O. Praem.

“At Thomas Aquinas College, I learned that the world makes sense. It was so wonderful to discover that there is a real order in things and that I could understand it.”

– Frater Simeon Goodwin, O. Praem. (’10)

St. Michael's Abbey, Orange County, Calif.