Richard J. Bishirjian, was Founding President and Professor of Government at Yorktown University from 2000 to 2016. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame under the direction of Gerhart Niemeyer. While a graduate student at Notre Dame, and later as a member of the Faculty of the University of Dallas, he studied under Eric Voegelin. After completing graduate work at Notre Dame, he did advanced study with Michael Oakeshott at the London School of Economics. Dr. Bishirjian taught at universities and colleges in Indiana, Texas and New York and is the author of a history of political theory and editor of A Public Philosophy Reader. Dr. Bishirjian is the author of professional essays and reviews in the field of political theory and has published topical essays in Chronicles of Culture and the American Spectator.
Dr. Bishirjian has been a member of the Philadelphia Society since 1975 and served for many years as an Editorial Advisor, and frequent contributor, Modern Age, a quarterly journal founded by Russell Kirk. In 2015, Dr. Bishirjian published an analysis of modern American politics titled The Conservative Rebellion and is completing a novel titled “Coda,” a story about national politics, Presidential ambitions, tragedy and rebirth. His The Coming Death and Resurrection of American Higher Education will be published in Fall 2016 by St. Augustine’s Press.