Few people know Thomas Aquinas College as extensively as does Glen Coughlin. He is a member of one of its early graduating classes (1981), and he has served on its teaching faculty since 1987. He was the College’s dean from 1996 to 2003, and he is the father of two current students and three alumni.
“As a tutor and dean I have seen how important it is that the school remain faithful to its character, both the Catholic character, of course, but also the discipleship to St. Thomas and Aristotle,” he says. “And as a parent I have seen more clearly how good the school is.” He also has gained a greater appreciation for the College’s generous financial aid program and the sacrifices families make to afford a Catholic liberal education for their children.
Dr. Coughlin earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy at Université Laval in Quebec, after which he taught briefly at Champlain Regional College in Quebec and St. John’s College in Santa Fe, N.M., before returning to the College as a tutor. In 2006, St. Augustine’s Press published his widely praised translation of Aristotle’s Physics, which has become the standard among students at Thomas Aquinas College and elsewhere.
He and his wife, Maureen (Ivers ’79), live in Santa Paula and are the parents of nine children. “I am honored to join the Board of Governors,” he says, “and I will be glad to do what I can to keep the College on track and help in any way possible.”