CHEYENNE, WY. 4/8/16 – My Turn to Sound Off has learned that the president of Wyoming Catholic College, Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D, will resign his position in May 2016.
Dr. Roberts, who took the reins of Wyoming’s only private, four-year college on June 1, 2013 as its second president, will move to Texas to head up the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
As the school’s president, Dr. Roberts brought his experience, proven leadership, youth, and zeal to continue building up Wyoming Catholic College. Dr. Roberts praised the school’s mission; its fine liberal arts curriculum, and the unique leadership training program that has been developed there. In addition he has an unshakeable commitment to the Catholic religion and the Catholic identity of the Wyoming Catholic College.
Kevin D. Roberts, Ph.D., hails from Lafayette, Louisiana, where ten years ago he co-founded and was the first President and Headmaster of John Paul the Great Academy, a coeducational, PK-12, Catholic liberal arts school. The Academy is already ranked by the Cardinal Newman Society as one on the top-50 Catholic high schools in the United States, and has a distinguished record of vocation discernment.
Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin, his M.A. from Virginia Tech University, and his B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has taught at universities, colleges, and a catechetical institute, including New Mexico State University, Austin Community College, Kaplan University, and the University of Louisiana. Dr. Roberts became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 2012, is presently a Co-Director of the Cardinal Newman Institute for the New Evangelization, and was a past Executive Director of Catholic Families of America. He is currently writing a biography of Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in the United States. Dr. Roberts and his wife, Michelle, moved to Lander along with their four children.
Dr. Roberts, upon learning that he had been chosen to be the new President of Wyoming Catholic College, had this to say: “I am deeply humbled by the calling to build upon the strengths of Wyoming Catholic College, and to follow the legacy of Father Bob Cook, who has done a remarkable job in leading the College through its first phases. He has done so with a spirit of magnanimity that I hope to emulate. Michelle and I, and our children, look forward to becoming part of the College community and also getting to know, as neighbors and friends, the good people of Lander, Fremont County, and Wyoming. Lander is a perfect home for our family, so we look forward to planting our permanent roots there.”
His tenure at the school; in Lander has been difficult, as he was catapulted into the legalities of our times shortly after his arrival. This involved joining a lawsuit and leading the College in that lawsuit against the overimplementation of Mr. Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Since then, the College has become known for its efforts to protect our right to Religious Freedoms and for refusing government financial aid for its students with its accompanying federal interference and controls which that entails. The College has also joined in a national suit against the government for the health care law’s mandate to provide contraceptive coverage to its employees.
My Turn to Sound Off is sorry to see Dr. Roberts leave Lander and his position as the president of Wyoming Catholic College. We wish him well in his new endeavor in Texas. He and his family will be sorely missed.
The College’s Academic Dean, Dr. Glenn Arbory, will take over as Acting President until the Board Chairman, Dr. David Kellog and his Board of Directors can fill the vacancy.