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ICLE Announces Appointment of New CEFC Director


 We are delighted to announce that Dr. Ryan Messmore has been named Director of the Catholic Educator Formation and Credential (CEFC) program, a position that will begin in June 2024.  

As Director of CEFC, Dr. Messmore will draw upon his deep knowledge of the Catholic intellectual tradition to help lead ICLE’s work of forming teachers and school leaders in the Church’s understanding and practice of liberal arts education. He will oversee ICLE’s groundbreaking alternative to state teacher licensure, which is designed to be portable across dioceses. ICLE’s credential program is now recognized for graduate level credit towards Master’s degrees at a growing number of Catholic institutions of higher learning, including Augustine Institute, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Belmont Abbey College, and St. Paul Seminary. Dr. Messmore succeeds Dr. Alyssan Barnes, the founding Director of CEFC, who remains as Senior Faculty and a valued member of the leadership team.


Dr. Messmore brings to ICLE a broad range of educational leadership and teaching experience grounded in a theological framework. He is currently President of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire and previously served as President of Campion College in Australia. Dr. Messmore has also worked as Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, Executive Director of the Millis Institute (Australia), and Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs at St. David’s School, in Raleigh, NC. He earned a D.Phil. in Theology from the University of Oxford, an M.Phil. in Theology from the University of Cambridge, an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School, and an A.B. in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University. In 2017 he authored the book In Love: The Larger Story of Sex and Marriage. His commentary and analysis have appeared in newspapers such as The Washington Times and The Australian, online venues such as and, and in national magazines such as First Things, Touchstone, and Comment. Dr. Messmore has four children (two in college) and lives with his wife and two daughters.