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Leadership

 Patrick Henry College exists in a large part because of the hard work and sacrifices made over time by a group of dedicated men and women. Meet some of them here.

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Jack Haye

President

Mr. Haye became the third President of Patrick Henry College in 2015 after thirty years in the banking world. Mr. Haye holds degrees from Baylor University and American Graduate School of International Management, including a Master's of International Management-Finance and Accounting.  Mr. Haye spent the first ten years of his banking career in corporate lending, primarily with Bank of America.  He spent the last twenty years at Wells Fargo Bank where he held senior leadership positions as Senior Vice President of Corporate Lending and later as Executive Vice President and National Manager of Treasury Management Consulting.  He served on the Board of Visitors for the School of Music at Baylor University (1986-1992), and was a founding member of Patrick Henry College's Board of Trustees in 1998.  Mr. Haye served as the Board Chairman from 2000-2015. Since March of 2012, Mr. Haye served as Executive Pastor of First Baptist Church of McKinney, a 5000-member church located near Dallas, Texas. His responsibilities there included staff development, budget management, development and delivery of apologetics teaching series, and oversight of both local and international missional engagement in the areas of orphan care, education, and human trafficking.

At PHC, Mr. Haye is the chief executive officer overseeing the internal and external affairs of the college while maintaining an education program consistent with the mission of the college.

Mr. Haye and his wife Carol have been married for 34 years. They have one daughter and seven sons, ranging in age from 14 to 29.

Michael Farris

Chancellor Emeritus and Professor of Government

Educational Background:
LL.M., University of London
J.D., honors graduate, Gonzaga University School of Law
B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, Western Washington University (formerly Western Washington State College)


Time at PHC: 2000 to present

Dr. Michael P. Farris is Chancellor Emeritus of Patrick Henry College and Chairman and General Counsel of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Since founding HSLDA in 1983, Dr. Farris has used his extensive experience in both politics and appellate litigation to defend parental rights and help grow the organization to over 83,000 member families with a staff of 125. As a constitutional attorney, Dr. Farris has argued before the United States Supreme Court, seven U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and ten state supreme courts.

In 2000, Dr. Farris became the founding president of another unique educational venture: Patrick Henry College. PHC is a four-year Christian college with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world “for Christ and for Liberty.”

PHC provides academically excellent, baccalaureate-level higher education from a biblical worldview. After serving as president of PHC for six academic years, Dr. Farris transitioned into the role of Chancellor. He continues to teach Constitutional Law and coach the PHC Moot Court team. His teams won the national ACMA championships in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, and defeated Oxford University before two of the highest judges in Britain and in a repeat match before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Dr. Farris is an honors graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1976), where he was the Articles Editor of the law review and the winner of the Linden Cup Moot Court competition. In 2012, he earned an LL.M. with Merit in Public International Law from the University of London.

In recognition of his work in home education, Education Week has named Dr. Farris one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education of the 20th Century.” Heritage Foundation awarded him its Salvatori Award for American Citizenship in 2002.

Dr. Farris has written over fifteen books, including three novels, two constitutional law textbooks, and works on marriage, parenting, homeschooling, political advocacy, and religious liberty. He is the author and narrator of a popular video series entitled “Constitutional Literacy.” His daily radio program, Home School Heartbeat, airs on several hundred stations nationwide. Dr. Farris was ordained in 1983 and was the founding pastor for Blue Ridge Bible Church.

He is the Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies and the head of the Convention of States Project. The purpose of this project is to stop the overreach of federal power.

Dr. Farris and his wife, Vickie, have homeschooled their family since 1982. They have ten children and nineteen grandchildren. They live in Purcellville, Virginia.

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The Board

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Ramon Ardizzone
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Paul De Pree, Ph.D.
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Colin Stewart
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James R. Leininger, M.D.
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Russel B. Pulliam
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David Shanahan
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Marian Freeland
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David C. Hoselton
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George W. Clay
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Gary Downing
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J. Victor Thompson
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Mike Wright
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Howard W. Schmidt
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J. Michael Smith, J.D.
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Michael Farris