The Signum University Board provides guidance, oversight, and direction.
The Board provides three fundamental functions.
The Board offers advice to guide the future planning of the institution. The leadership team consults with the Board regularly on significant courses of action, and one Board meeting per year is dedicated to institutional strategy. In addition, the Board or its individual members may be consulted for advice by the University’s leadership.
Important decisions by the leadership team – such as major expenditures, changes to employment policy, or shifts in academic planning – are reviewed by the Board. The Board votes on whether to endorse the decisions brought before them to ensure that administrative leaders and faculty are following the strategic plan of the University.
The Board acts as a court of final appeal for the University community. This function provides a meaningful grievance procedure, which offers a way, in certain cases, for people to appeal decisions made throughout the University, up to and including the President. This function is especially important to protect academic freedom.
The Board meets quarterly January, April, July, and October. At each meeting, there will be a topic brought up for annual review.
|January||Staff review to assess the organizational structure, including any changes from the previous year, and recommend developments in the year to come.|
|April||Academic program review of the university and consideration of plans for future program development.|
|July||Budget review for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on August 1.|
|October||Annual vision and planning review to take stock of the progress the institution has made and recommend strategic initiatives for the Strategy Team to consider and implement over the course of the academic year.|
The Board will consist of no fewer than nine members.
The President of the University will serve on the Board ex officio.
Three members will be elected from within the Signum community as follows:
- One faculty member
- One member of administrative staff
- One member of the student body
Elected seats on the Board will be chosen every year.
At least five individuals will be at-large members. At-large members will serve three-year terms, though Board members will be able to serve multiple terms.
The primary qualification for at-large Board membership is demonstrated commitment to and support of Signum University. At-large members will also often have some experience, expertise, or perspective that makes their service on the Board particularly valuable.
New at-large Board members are nominated by the President to the Board, which then votes on whether to ratify the President’s nomination. Upon ratification, the President will invite the prospective Board member to join.
Current Board Members
University President; Board Member: President; Lecturer
Corey Olsen is president of Signum University. He brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public, seeking to engage a wide and diverse audience in serious intellectual and literary conversation though his podcast, The Tolkien Professor.
Board Member; Lecturer
Dr, Andrew Higgins - Inaugural Student of The Mythgard Institute, board member and new lecturer.
Board Member: Elected Faculty Member; Preceptor
Sara is a Preceptor within the Language and Literature faculty. She is also Elected Faculty Member on the Board.
Liza H. Gold, MD is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Gold has a private practice in general and forensic psychiatry in Arlington, Virginia and is an award winning author and editor. Most recently, Dr. Gold edited and contributed to Gun Violence and Mental Illness (American Psychiatric Publishing, […]
Curator of Computational Complexities, Chairman of the Council of the Wise, Member of the Board of Directors
Ed owns his own defense technology consulting firm, and spends his free time listening to audio books and podcasts, and playing with his two European Burmese cats.
Board Member: Elected Staff Member; Digital Media Co-ordinator
Sarah spends her evenings working towards her MA at Signum University, as well as fulfilling the roles of Board Member (Working Team Member) Digital Media Co-ordinator for Signum/Mythgard. As co-ordinator, she ensures that all video media is created, edited, and published efficiently and to a high standard of quality.
Board Member (Student Representative)
Student Representative to the Board of Directors, has audited 6 courses, has a background as a student, and a teacher (taught Sociology for 20+ years).