JH Classical Academy Welcomes Dr. Calvert as Board President
Dr. Kenneth Calvert joins Jackson Hole Classical Academy as President of the Board. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Harvard University (Th.M.), and Miami University of Ohio (Ph.D.). During the winter of 1986 Dr. Calvert lived in Pakistan serving Afghan refugees during the Russian War. In 1988 and 1989 he attended Bristol and Oxford Universities as a visiting scholar. Dr. Calvert received the Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence at Hillsdale College in 1999, and in 2000, he was named Professor of the Year. This summer Dr. Calvert and his wife, Beth, celebrate 29 years of marriage.
In addition to his professorial duties Dr. Calvert served as Headmaster of Hillsdale Academy from 2002 until 2018. During that time, Hillsdale Academy assisted in the work and establishment of numerous private classical schools in diverse communities through the United States. Dr. Calvert stresses that classical education is important for all, especially in a free society. He says, "Every citizen, whether a plumber or a Supreme Court judge, should be able to participate in society with the same essential body of knowledge."
Although returning as a full-time professor at Hillsdale College this year, Dr. Calvert welcomes the opportunity to still be involved in K-12 classical education through JHCA. He says, "I've been working to plant classical education in different kinds of communities throughout the United States. Jackson Hole has become an important community in the United States, especially in its financial and political presence. It is exactly the kind of community in which classical Christian education should have a voice."
Dr. Calvert reading and research reflect the way in which he has fully absorbed the classical Christian tradition. His interests include the Roman Republic and the rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire, as well as the early history of Islam. He has published in scholarly and popular publications on ancient history, the history of Christianity, and classical education.
Dr. Calvert sums up the challenge and reward of classical education in the following way. "Classical education forces one to struggle. Teaching and learning well takes a good hard day of work. While results gained from wealth and innate talent are fleeting, the quality of one's soul and mind remain no matter what happens in life. Gaining this lasting wisdom takes effort and tenacity."
The community at Jackson Hole Classical Academy can look forward to benefitting from Dr. Calvert's wisdom and leadership during his term as President of the Board.
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