Board & Advisory Council

Board of Trustees

Jeffrey Dill, Chairman

Research Assistant Professor of Social Thought, Templeton Honors College, Eastern University

Jeffrey Dill is Research Assistant Professor of Social Thought at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University. He received his B.A. in English from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Virginia, where he was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His research focuses on questions of pluralism and difference in educational systems, moral and citizenship education, and socialization processes in schools.  He is author of The Longing and Limits of Global Citizenship Education: the moral pedagogy of schooling in a cosmopolitan age.  His work has been published in Social Forces, the Journal of Moral EducationSociety, and The Huffington Post.  He is currently researching the culture of homeschooling and its effects on moral and civic education.  Dr. Dill is married to Heather, and they have four sons. When not at work, he spends a good deal of time playing Whiffle Ball in the backyard.

Andy Krider, Treasurer

Vice President at Bryn Mawr Trust Mortgage Company

Andrew J. Krider, Vice President and Senior Mortgage Banker at The Bryn Mawr Trust Company, has more than 13 years of mortgage banking experience and has been a sales leader throughout his career.  He is an active member of the community and serves on committee for the Western Philadelphia Suburbs Young Life as well as the Agora Institute’s Board.

Mr. Krider is a graduate of Taylor University, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Literature and Philosophy and played on the football team.  He and his wife, Leah, have three children.

Matthew McGowen, Secretary

Vice President and General Counsel, McGowen Enterprises Inc.

Matt McGowen earned his undergraduate degree in economics and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. 

Matthew Brach

Finance Scholar Fellow and Research Associate, Busch School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America

Matt Brach is currently a Finance Scholar Fellow and Research Associate at the Busch School of Business and Economics. He has extensive experience in private equity and venture capital, having been involved in over $1 billion of transactions in the middle market between his past roles at Argosy Capital and Julip Run Capital/CD Ventures. He is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Temple university where his primary area of research will focus on private equity fund manager effectiveness and performance. Prior to his private equity career, he was a Senior Manager at both The Reznick Group and Ernst & Young where he worked with entrepreneurial operating and real estate entities.

He has sat on several business case competitions and panels at both alumni institutions and currently sits on the board of the not-for-profit Agora Institute. Matt has four adopted children from Guatemala and Poland.

He earned his MBA from the University of Maryland, where he was twice named a James A. Dingman Distinguished Scholar of Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Accountancy with a minor in Political Science from Villanova University.

Matthew D. Kane

President and Principal of Compass Ion Advisors

Matt  is one of the founding members of Compass Ion Advisors and currently serves as the firm’s President, a role he started to serve in 2010. Matt held various sales and support positions with SEI Investments and Merrill Lynch, where he gained expertise in both the institutional and retail ends of Compass Ion’s business. Matt also served for ten years as an Area Director for Young Life, a non-profit organization that cares for young people in hundreds of communities in the US and overseas. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Eastern University where he now serves as Chair of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good.  Matt and his wife Kim live in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with their five very active sons.

Brian Williams

Dean, Templeton Honors College, Eastern University 

Brian Williams is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Assistant Professor of Ethics & Liberal Studies. Before coming to Eastern, he was Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of “Oxford Conversations,” a collection of curated video interviews with leading Christian academics and scholars at Oxford.

His current research examines the tradition of Didascalic Christian Humanism, focusing on the works of Hugh of St. Victor, Philip Melanchthon, and John Henry Newman. Dr. Williams’ broader academic interests include virtue ethics; Christian and Muslim political thought; Karl Barth’s theology and politics; political forgiveness; Dante Alighieri’s Commedia; and the intersection of Moral Theology and Social Anthropology. His first book, The Potter’s Rib, explores the theology and practice of pastoral formation through mentoring in the history of the church.

Dr. Williams has also taught Theology, Philosophy, and Literature at Cair Paravel Latin School (Topeka, KS); was Theologian-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church PCUSA (Topeka, KS); led Quo Vadis Travel Seminars to destinations throughout Europe and the United States; was the Distance Education Instructor in Theology for Regent College (Vancouver); and has experience in several fields of business.

He is married to Kim Williams and has three children: Ilia, Brecon, and Maeve.

Alumni Advisory Council

Leah Sioma

Alumni Member, Class of 2014

Leah Sioma recently graduated from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.  Read her biography.

Cassie Detwiler

Alumni Member, Class of 2013

Cassie Detwiler graduated from the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University in 2013 with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics.  Read her biography.

Austin Detwiler

Alumni Member, Class of 2013

Austin graduated in 2013 with a degree in Philosophy and Political Theory and now works as a philanthropic consultant at the Jack Miller Center.  Read his biography.

Nathan Farris

Alumni Member, Class of 2013

Nathan Farris is a native son of Overland Park, Kansas. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Eastern University in 2013 where he was a member of the Templeton Honors College.  Read his biography.

Jack Newman

Alumni Member, Class of 2013

As an undergraduate at Eastern's Templeton Honors College, Jack studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Upon graduation in 2013, he joined the sales team at Sovereign Insurance Group in Devon, PA - a firm specializing in Property & Casualty insurance solutions for religious non-profits. Read his biography.