Christendom College in Front Royal recently appointed
Catherine Schneider associate director of admissions. A
native of Louisiana, Schneider earned a bachelor's in
philosophy from Christendom in 2016.
"Catherine's love of Christendom will enable her to impact
the college and its constituents in numerous positive ways,
and help prospective students and their families come to a
deeper appreciation for the unique educational experience
that we offer. I'm thrilled to have her join our team," said
Tom McFadden, vice president for enrollment.
As a student, she served in a number of leadership roles,
including resident assistant, philanthropy board member and
volunteer for the student activities council. As the
associate director of admissions, Schneider will attend
conferences, visit schools and homeschool groups, and
spearhead four distinct "grassroots" programs. The first two
programs will seek to involve current parents and alumni in
the recruiting process by asking them to "adopt" a local
parish or school. In the third program, "Meet Christendom
College," families will invite others into their homes and
share personal testimony on how Christendom has affected
them. The fourth program focuses on social media, as
Schneider encourages alumni, parents and current students to
share news about Christendom across Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram and more.
"People are more interested in Christendom than ever before,
as families eagerly seek out an authentic, Catholic education
for their children that will help them achieve the greatness
to which God is calling them and become the leaders this
world so desperately needs," said Sam Philips, director of
"We're excited to be undertaking these grassroots initiatives
this year, and we are looking forward to collaborating more
with the people who know Christendom best - the parents and
alumni of the college - as we seek to spread their love, and
our love, of the college to as many families as possible,"
Also new at Christendom is Colleen Harmon, director of career
and leadership development. A former aide in the U.S. House
of Representatives, Harmon will help students find on and
off-campus internships and jobs, and work with them to
discover their vocations.
"Colleen's exceptional background in politics and policy
think tanks will help bring a new level of expertise and
enthusiasm to the college's career office, ultimately helping
students along every step of the way in discerning their
God-given vocations. I'm delighted to have her join our
team," said McFadden.
Harmon earned a bachelor's in English language and literature
in 2013 at Christendom. As a student, she served on the
activities council and volunteered as a member of the
philanthropy board. She was a resident assistant, a student
ambassador and a counselor for the Experience Christendom
As director of career and leadership development, Harmon will
be the gateway for students into the job market, assisting
them with resumes, cover letters and more. She will also work
with area businesses and nationally ranked graduate schools
to help make connections for students and alumni.