The Board

All The Board Guest Lecturers Faculty Staff

Peter Rybski

At-Large Board Member

Peter is an at-large board member and lifelong fan of Tolkien's works. He currently lives in Finland and is very diligently attempting to read the Kalevala in its original language.

Keith Burrows

Board Member Student Representative

Keith Burrows is the Student-elected member of the Signum Board.

Elise Trudel Cedeño

Board Member Staff Representative, Vice Chair; Regional Moot Coordinator; Signum Online Program Services Coordinator

Elise Trudel Cedeño is the Regional Moot Coordinator for Signum University and the Signum Path Corporate Liaison.

James K. Tauber

At-Large Board Member

Board member, software developer, and computational philologist.

Matthew M. DeForrest

At-Large Board Member (Chair)

Dr. Matthew M. DeForrest is Professor of English and Mott University Professor at Johnson C. Smith University, and Chair of the Signum University Board.

Edward T. Powell

At-Large Board Member; Chairman, Council of the Wise

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.

Liza H. Gold

At-Large Board Member

Liza H. Gold, MD is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is an at-large member of the Signum University Board of Directors.

Sørina Higgins

Preceptor; Board Member Faculty Representative

Sørina Higgins is the a Ph.D. candidate, Teacher of Record, and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University.

Andrew Higgins

At-Large Board Member; Visiting Lecturer

Dr, Andrew Higgins - Inaugural Student of The Mythgard Institute, board member and new lecturer.

Corey Olsen

University President; Board Member Ex Officio; Lecturer; Coach

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.