ABOUT US

The Agathon Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for high school and college students in the Western New York region. It was formed by a group of academics and professionals that believe in the central role of the Liberal Arts in the formation of men and women of character, ready to address the challenges of the modern world.  Our programs seek to introduce students to great intellectual traditions, to help them cultivate their minds and to foster "a noble and courteous bearing in the conduct of life"(J.H.Newman)

We believe that our society needs individuals with "the desire to challenge themselves and others to strive for great things, with the willingness to overcome selfishness and to serve others."(A.Havard)

In order to pursue the good (agathon),  individuals must use their well informed reason, understand first principles and question mainstream assumptions.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

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Michael Ruhling

Rochester Institute of Technology

Chair

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Fernando Ontiveros

St. John Fisher University

President

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Esa Rantanen

Rochester Institute of Technology

Secretary

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David Demers

McQuaid High School

Treasurer

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Alisia Chase

SUNY Brockport

Treasurer-elect

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Kevin Parker

University of Rochester

Trustee

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Ralph Areste

Scepter Publishers

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Jean Baric Parker

St. Bernard's School of Theology

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Ralph Areste

Scepter Publishers

Trustee

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Jean Baric Parker

St. Bernard's School of Theology

Trustee

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David Gallagher

Catholic University of America 

(formerly)

Trustee

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Tomás Arias

Cornell University

Trustee