William Gonch, Ph.D.

William Gonch is Scala’s Director of Programs and Development and a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is responsible for growing Scala’s fundraising operations and supporting and expanding its programs, especially in literature and the arts. An alumnus of Scala’s 2018 Summer Seminar, he also led Scala’s 2020 reading group on the Divine Comedy and has participated in several Scala events. He is excited to help Scala bring its mission of education for beauty and wisdom to educators and culture creators across America.

Dr. Gonch received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before that, he earned a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University; he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has taught college courses in ancient and modern literatures, creative writing, fantasy literature, and English composition, and received the James A. Robinson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Maryland. He has worked in communications and development for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, and his writing has appeared in several publications, including Christianity and Literature, Public DiscourseNational Review Online, and The Claremont Review of Books.