Glenn C. Arbery, Ph.D.
Professor of Humanities
Ph.D. (Literature), University of Dallas
(307) 332-2930, x. 1101
Born in South Carolina, reared in Georgia, Glenn Arbery grew up as a Southerner and a Protestant. His reading of Flannery O’Connor as a freshman at the University of Georgia began his journey toward the Roman Catholic Church. A convert at 25, he entered the Church at the University of Dallas, where he met his wife-to-be, Virginia Lombardo, and later took his Ph.D. in Literature and Politics. He has taught literature at the University of St. Thomas in Houston; Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, New Hampshire; the University of Dallas (through the Dallas Institute); and Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he held the d’Alzon Chair of Liberal Education. In 2013, he and his wife Virginia, also a Ph.D. from the University of Dallas, went to Wyoming Catholic College to teach Humanities, Trivium, and Philosophy. Dr. Arbery became president of Wyoming Catholic in 2016. In the Fall of 2023, he stepped down from the presidency and returned to the teaching faculty of the College.
He has served as Director of the Teachers Academy at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and as an editor at People Newspapers in Dallas, where he won regional and national awards for his writing. In addition to numerous essays and reviews, he has published two volumes with ISI Books, Why Literature Matters (2001) and The Southern Critics (2010), editor. He is also the editor of The Tragic Abyss (2003) for the Dallas Institute Press and Augustine’s Confessions and Its Influence, St. Augustine Press (2019). His novel Bearings and Distances was published by Wiseblood Books in 2015, and his second, Boundaries of Eden, was published in 2020. He and his wife Virginia have eight children and twenty-four grandchildren.
Dr. Arbery’s “Keeping Our Bearings” essays, written during his time as President, can be found HERE. Also, below, a talk he gave at Hillsdale College in February, 2021, “Why Literature Matters:”