Augustine College is governed by a board of directors who are tasked with maintaining the vision and goals of the project.  The functions of the board are divided into seven teams, each of which is led by a board member.

Seven Teams

Academics — Sets the curriculum, i.e., determines what we teach.
Professorship — Determines who teaches the curriculum.
Spiritual Direction — Lends support in the Christian walk of everyone in our community.
Finance — Sets our financial plan, budget, financial, and fundraising goals.
Governance — Sets policies, shepherds the leadership teams, and curates the vision and goals.
Marketing, Recruiting, and Admissions — Advertises and communicates about the college; liaises with prospective students and families.
Facilities and Infrastructure — Ensures that we have facilities and systems in place.

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Seven Teams

Academics — Sets the curriculum, i.e., determines what we teach.
Professorship — Determines who teaches the curriculum.
Spiritual Direction — Lends support in the Christian walk of everyone in our community.
Finance — Sets our financial plan, budget, financial, and fundraising goals.
Governance — Sets policies, shepherds the leadership teams, and curates the vision and goals.
Marketing, Recruiting, and Admissions — Advertises and communicates about the college; liaises with prospective students and families.
Facilities and Infrastructure — Ensures that we have facilities and systems in place.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Yvonne Empson

Yvonne Empson is a perpetual learner. She has an MS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering, both from Virginia Tech. She worked in the aerospace industry as a materials specialist and process engineer for several years, began raising a family, then returned to university in her 40s to explore and publish her original research in the use of carbon nanostructures to strengthen injured ligaments and tendons. Yvonne has a passion for spiritually mentoring women, especially those in the engineering field and other sciences. She has been happily married to her husband Digby for 22 years. They have two classically homeschooled teenage daughters and have lived in Blacksburg for the past 10 years. Yvonne enjoys seeing God’s attention to detail in Creation and in each person’s individual walk with Him.

Ty Hopkins

Dr. Ty Hopkins earned his MD at the University of Iowa and his undergraduate degree from Hope College.  He is passionate about mentoring medical and college students. Since completing his residency in Family Practice in Maine in 2003, he has served as medical director for organizations working in various mission fields including prisons, disaster relief, academia, families in crisis, and several locations in Latin America and Africa. He is currently chairman of the board for Teamwork City of Hope doing wholistic transformational development in Tanzania. Ty is called to mentoring young men and to teaching a biblical understanding of health. He lectures on science, ethics, sexuality, culture, the Bible, and more. He loves to read C.S. Lewis, Walker Percy, Peter Kreeft, and Michael O’Brien. Ty is married, has four young children, and makes his home in Blacksburg.

Mark Filiatreau

Mark Filiatreau has an MFA in English from Wichita State University and an MA in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver. Since 2007 he has been Adjunct Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, which follows the classical liberal arts model.  There he has taught the western literature sequence, creative and nonfiction writing, and a seminar on C. S. Lewis. He has also taught composition, literature, and business and technical writing courses for Wichita State University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Catholic University of America. Previously he served on the editorial boards of Re:generation Quarterly (1995-2000) and NewPantagruel.com (2004-06). With Os Guinness and the Trinity Forum he developed two curricula for business and political leaders, The Journey and The Wise Art of Giving, later published in book form by NavPress. He has hiked down and up the Grand Canyon, lived in Europe for two years, and hitchhiked through Yugoslavia. He and his wife have three children, two of them still at home.  They relocated to Blacksburg in 2017 from Northern Virginia.

Dr. Paul Fleming recently retired as Director of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, where he managed the park growth from five buildings to more than thirty, housing more than 160 private companies and many of Virginia Tech’s largest research groups.  Prior to that position he taught at Florida Southern College and did consulting work with school districts.  He also co-founded Lintronics Software Publishing, which won two national awards for educational software.  In addition to his work in higher education curricula, Dr. Fleming has extensive experience in construction and real estate development.

He holds a PhD in Educational Research and Development from the University of South Florida, an MEd in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Florida, and a BS in Secondary Education also from the University of South Florida.

He and his wife Linda have two sons and one granddaughter, all living in the Blacksburg area.  His current area of interest and study is the negative impact of postmodernism on the faith of Christian college students.

Alice Inouye

Dr. Alice Inouye earned her MD from the Tufts University School of Medicine and her BS in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee.  She is currently serving on the faculty of the Lewis-Gale Family Practice Residency Program, where she seeks to impact the next generation of family physicians. Given the radical changes impacting medicine, this most recent opportunity is to bring the teaching and ideas from Augustine College U.S. and Scripture to influence future doctors.  She has three adult children and three grandkids.  She was reborn as a child of God in 1985, after her first five years of family practice in Stokes County, North Carolina. After she made one particular house call in 2003, the Lord led her out of academia to a Christ-centered house call practice serving the homebound chronically or terminally ill. She was a volunteer teacher’s aide as well as music teacher at Calvary Christian Academy. In 2011, she became the medical director of the nonprofit community hospice Good Samaritan Hospice, serving the dying and suffering. She also has served alongside women in the small village of Los Ocotes, Guatemala, for the past five years, sharing Jesus while providing medical care every four months at their church as well as making house calls to the elderly or injured. Some of the mighty work the Lord has done amongst His people has been published in the book House Calls for Jesus. Besides writing, teaching and meditating on Scripture, her favorite pastimes are swing dancing, rock climbing, and rollerblading.

Don McKeon

Dr. Don McKeon has for many decades been drawn to reaching the nations, following his conversion as a pre-teen. While studying Christian missions at Nyack College, he learned about the large numbers of international students in U.S. colleges and universities–students who would likely return to become leaders in their home countries. At the same time, he learned about a comparatively new field of teaching English as a foreign (and second) language (TEFL/TESL). Within a year of starting his master’s program in TESL at NYU, Don was given the opportunity to teach ESL at NYU in 1962. That was the beginning of his career of teaching ESL to university students for over 50 years, including three years in Beirut, Lebanon. While overseas, Don spent part of two summers visiting L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, learning about apologetics. He then returned to NYU to study linguistics, the formal study of how language is organized, based on innate patterns in the mind. During that time, he met Evelyn, who was studying TESL and linguistics at Queens College, and they were drawn together because of their mutual passion to serve international students. Since getting married in 1972, Don and Evelyn have been working together in ministering to internationals, especially in their home. Don has also spent about half of his career teaching linguistics and has been able to draw on insights from his study of language as a teaching elder in two local churches and as a Bible teacher among various Christian groups.

After completing coursework at Virginia Tech and spending many years in construction and real estate investing, Mr. James Sarver is now a highly successful, prominent real estate agent and custom home builder in Blacksburg, Virginia. He enjoys studying markets and solving complex problems for his clients. An avid reader with a passion for learning, Mr. Sarver’s favorite authors include C. S. Lewis, Michael D. O’Brien, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Cormac McCarthy. He is happily married to Judy Sarver, and they are “highly invested” in classical education: Ms. Sarver is a tutor in the Classical Conversations program and the three children are among her students. In their spare time they enjoy the serenity of the New River Valley and the great outdoors. Though not an educator by trade, Mr. Sarver is excited to be a part of Augustine College U.S., and he lends his experience and skills to its success by being leading the Facilities and Infrastructure team.