The Board

All The Board Guest Lecturers Staff Faculty

Maximilian Hart

Maximilian is an MA Student and the Student Representative of the Signum Board.

Takako Tasai

Board Member Staff Representative, Digital Media Team Member

Takako is a member of the Digital Media Team and the Staff Representative on the Board.

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.

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.

Larry Swain

Board Member Faculty Representative; Lecturer; Preceptor

Larry Swain is a preceptor and lecturer at Signum University. He holds an M.A. in Medieval Studies and a Ph.D. in English.

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.

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 the founder and president of Signum University and the longtime host of The Tolkien Professor podcast.