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Office of the Provost

Patrick Henry College focuses on both academic excellence and spiritual growth,

emphasizing both the life of the mind and the life of the Christian faith.

PHC is committed to student development in all areas of life

We hone our students' minds and build their knowledge while, at the same time, guiding them to lead faithful, self-governed lives. Patrick Henry College seeks to integrate what happens in the classroom and what happens in the residence halls, helping students develop intellectually, socially, and spiritually. The job of uniting these goals falls to the Provost, Dr. Gene Edward Veith, who supervises both the Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Student Life.

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Provost Office


Gene Edward Veith, Ph.D

Provost & Professor of Literature, Emeritus

Dr. Veith oversees the academic programs at Patrick Henry College, which includes working with the faculty, managing the curriculum, and administering the educational services, including the library and the registrar’s office. He also oversees the Office of Student Life.

Dr. Veith teaches literature and other liberal arts courses. He is the author of 20 books on topics involving Christianity and culture, classical education, literature, and the arts. He previously served as the Culture Editor of WORLD magazine. For 19 years, he was Professor of English at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he also served for six years as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Veith has also taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and has been a visiting professor at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Gordon-Conwell, Regent College (Vancouver), and Wheaton College. He also serves as the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He has been a Fellow at the Capital Research Center and the Heritage Foundation. He received his B.A. in Letters (Literature, Philosophy, History, and Classics) from the University of Oklahoma and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Jackquelyn, live in Purcellville and have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs answers directly to the Office of the Provost. The Provost is the College's chief academic officer.


Frank Guliuzza, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Affairs; Professor of Government

Frank Guliuzza (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Government. He also serves as the College’s Pre-Law Advisor and coaches the College’s mock trial and moot court teams (the latter along with PHC Chancellor, Michael Farris).

He is the author of Over the Wall: Protecting Religious Expression in the Public Square (SUNY: 2000) and an author in, and the co-editor of, the book Before the Paper Chase: The Scholarship of Law School Preparation and Admissions (Carolina Academic Press: 2012, with Tim Garrison). He has published articles and reviews in a number of journals including The Marquette Law Review, The Drake Law Review, The Willamette Law Review, The Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, PS, American Political Science Review,and Academe.

In his academic career, he has been recognized four times for "Outstanding Teaching in Political Science" by the American Political Science Association (2000, 2003, 2004, 2008). While at Weber State he was awarded The "Endowed Professor" in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, and in 2003-2004, he was presented with what is Weber State’s most prestigious faculty honor – The "John S. Hinckley" Award for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship. He was the recipient of the Dello Dayton Award (2008) and the Congressman Neal Smith Award from the American Mock Trial Association (2008) for his exemplary contribution to law-related education. In 2003, he was selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education & Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as "Utah Professor of the Year." He has also been listed in Who’s Who in Teaching twice (2005, 2006), and was in Who’s Who in America (2011, 2013, 2014).

He is the current President of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA), and is a past President of the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (2001-2007) and the Pre-Law Advisors’ National Council (2007-2009). Further, is he on the Executive Committee of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). As of 2013 he had coached 22 teams into national/championship competition in intercollegiate mock trial. Furthermore, his students captured championships at four AMTA regional tournaments and at four invitational tournaments, and he is the co-coach of five ACMA national championship moot court teams (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).

A licensed minister, he has spoken in several churches throughout the United States and has pastored at Victory Baptist Chapel (Three Oaks, MI); Calvary Baptist Church (Ogden, UT); First Baptist Church (Brigham City, UT) and Mountain View Baptist Church (Layton, UT). In 2000, he ran for the United States Senate and, in August, 2001, was elected Vice Chairman of the Utah Republican Party. His wife of 30 years, the former Kathy Spaulding, died in 2012, and he is the “Dad” of Matthew Williamson and the late Timothy Stoddard.


Steve Hake, Ph.D.

Chairman, Department of Classical Liberal Arts; Professor of English Literature

Dr. Hake chairs the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and teaches literature and writing. Courses include Western Lit I and II and electives such as Selected Works of Charles Dickens and Christian Values in Tolkien. He also teaches upper-level literature courses for Classical Liberal Arts majors and oversees Practicum/Apprenticeship for CLA majors. He was a college professor/missionary for many years in Taiwan, and more recently launched Rivendell Study Center. He received a B.A in East Asian Studies from Colby College, an M.Div. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, an M.A. in English literature from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in English literature from Binghamton University.


Mark Mitchell, Ph.D.

Chairman, Department of Government; Associate Professor of Government

Mark T. Mitchell is the chair of the Government Department and teaches courses in political theory. He is the author of The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age and Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing, and he is co-editor of The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. In 2008-9, he was a fellow at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life answers directly to the Office of the Provost. The Provost is the College's chief student life officer.


Sandra K. Corbitt

Dean of Student Affairs

As the Dean of Students, Sandra Corbitt is Patrick Henry College's representative in non-academic, student life matters. She works with students, parents, faculty, administration, staff, and the community to ensure that the whole of each student's collegiate experience is successful and fulfilling. The Dean of Students is responsible for advising students on non-academic policy and procedure. Dean Corbitt oversees the work of the Offices of Student Life and Residence Life.

Sandra Corbitt is a graduate of Ohio State University. She served for 19 years with Campus Crusade for Christ in a variety of positions and locations. Before coming to Patrick Henry College she served for 3 years with The Christian Union in Princeton, New Jersey. She lives in Ashburn, Virginia.


Jeff Thornhill

Associate Dean for Men

As the Associate Dean for Men, Jeff Thornhill supports the Dean of Students in non-academic, student life matters. Dean Thornhill’s particular interest is integrating Christian faith and its application into every area of life.

Jeff Thornhill comes to Patrick Henry College from Prison Fellowship Ministries, where he was the director of campus ministries. During that time he studied the Christian worldview in Chuck Colson’s centurion program in order to integrate this teaching into campus ministry curriculum. Previous to that he served 23 years with Campus Crusade for Christ as a Northeast regional director, instructor at the Howard Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership, and in several other positions in the Middle East and the U.S. He received his B.S. in Communication from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Vickie, live in Ashburn, VA and have one grown daughter.


Andrew Lonon (Government, '13)

Resident Director for Men

Andrew studied Classical Liberal Arts during his time at PHC, and graduated with the Class of 2013. Professionally, Andrew is interested in one day pursuing counseling and psychology, and perhaps making a career in student development. Beyond the office, Andrew enjoys doing anything outdoors, reading, athletics, and making music. He loves the work of listening to and advocating for students, and meeting new students at freshman orientation is one of his favorite times of the year!


Emily Carde (Literature, '15)

Resident Director for Women

As the Resident Director for Women, Emily Cardé oversees the female Resident Assistant team and supports the students in non-academic matters. She also handles many administrative details for the Office of Student Life. Her duties include meeting regularly with RAs, maintaining databases, answering phones, keeping regular office hours, handling discipline issues, and conducting cleaning inspections within dorm rooms and common areas.

Emily graduated with the class of 2015 with a B.A. in Literature. While a student she participated in soccer for one year, and sang with The Liberty Belles for three years. She enjoys reading, spending time with people, writing, going on adventures, and taking long drives through the back roads of Northern Virginia.

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