Founding Team

“Nothing is more important for the world than nurturing critical wisdom. I founded Minerva to be the only institution in the world to systematically do that.”

“I really wanted to have an impact. I wanted the research that I’ve been conducting and studying for decades to be used to help students learn effectively.”

“When we put student learning and success as the top priorities for everything we do, the choices become quite clear. We then top that off by adding in a touch of extraordinary.”

“I wanted my work to have a big impact on the world, do something good for humanity, and fulfill my passion for decades.”

“As accreditor, dean, and consultant, I've been part of the dramatic change in higher education over the last 20 years. At Minerva I have a chance to help make its vision a reality.”

“I believe Minerva is the single most important innovation in higher education in my lifetime. I am thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking effort.”

Deans and Faculty

“A thorough grounding in the logical analysis of arguments and the use of computational tools to solve problems is the sine qua non to be a citizen of modern society.”

“Having spent many years in a traditional university environment, I saw all the flaws in the higher education system. Minerva is an incredible opportunity to correct those flaws.”

“People are social beings. The social sciences provide a systematic understanding of ourselves, our groups, and our institutions, as well as our motivations and beliefs.”

“The arts and humanities are the foundation of creative expression, historical and cultural understanding, and an ability to grasp the human condition.”

“Understanding natural sciences from minute particles to larger organisms to our planet’s systems provides the basis for solving many of our greatest challenges.”


“The classes at Minerva are dynamic and fast-paced. At the same time, they allow me to connect and engage with every single student.”

“The Minerva experience provides students with an incredibly comprehensive and supportive learning environment. It is an honor to be a part of this amazing institution.”

“Learning for the sake of knowledge is a privilege; learning for the sake of others is a duty.”

“The best part of this job is engaging with the incredible student body. Day in and day out, students at Minerva never cease to amaze me.”

“Minerva’s classes are dynamic, partly because of the platform and partly because of the students; they constantly push themselves to think more deeply, creatively, and carefully.”

“The dynamic collaborations I experience daily at Minerva with students and colleagues broaden the context of my own work and continually inspire growth.”

“It’s a critical time in Earth’s history. Solutions to global environmental issues require a global vision, which is why I’m thrilled to teach talented, international students here.”

“I’m thrilled that our students do not simply study abroad; rather, they truly become global citizens through immersion in the past and present of many new communities and cultures.”

“I teach to cultivate curiosity and to help others achieve new understanding. And I teach because I love to learn. We all benefit when embracing the unfamiliar becomes habit.”

“Minerva is in many ways the ideal place to study social sciences. No other university allows you to experience so many societies while simultaneously learning in the classroom.”

“I'm thrilled to be part of an institution that cares so much about how students learn.”

“Nothing beats getting to spend your time tackling problems that are deeply important to you. Doing that at Minerva, with incredible students and colleagues, is icing on the cake.”

“I'm excited to be part of a quest to learn, build, and teach the toolkits [needed] to address emerging big questions.”

“The extraordinary pedagogical methods Minerva uses to equip students with advanced skills to develop innovative solutions for complex global challenges make each class priceless.”

“At Minerva, a holistic education is our goal. The curriculum helps achieve this by providing curious, talented minds with the tools to unravel the mysteries of the universe.”

“I strive to be a coach rather than the proverbial 'sage on the stage,' to help each Minerva student locate and develop her or his unique engagement with an ever more complex world.”

“The best philosophy engages with the world as we find it. Who better to study the subject with than students who have chosen to travel while they learn?”

“With students from around the world, I'm constantly having my perspective broadened. I love that at Minerva, we have embarked on an educational adventure together.”

Associate Deans & Directors of Curriculum

“Our remarkable team of smart, energetic, and witty Minerva faculty have a wide range of interests. Most importantly, they share an inspiring dedication to undergraduate learning.”

“I am passionate about providing talented and hard-working students from around the globe the tools that will help them reach their full potential. That is why I joined Minerva.”

“An undergraduate curriculum should be practical, interdisciplinary, and based on evidence of how learning works. I am devoted to improving our courses to meet these goals.”

“Minerva's curriculum may be the only thing I know for which the reality is more impressive than the hype. You really have to see it.”

Managing Directors

“I wanted to help Latin Americans get the best possible education, at an affordable price. At Minerva, I am doing precisely that and could not be happier.”

“It's about time someone created a more ideal university and made such a compelling opportunity available to all high-achieving students around the world, including those in Asia.”

Admissions Team

“Growing up, I had to work harder to compensate for not knowing how to play the college admissions ‘game.’ At Minerva, college is something you earn — not win. Game over.”

“I’m drawn to Minerva’s vision for transforming higher education; how it challenges students to think unconventionally and empowers them to explore limitless possibilities.”

“Having traveled to 40+ countries, I’ve found the best classroom is a trail not yet forged — challenging at every turn, but leading to spectacular views few before have ever seen.”