Christopher M. Sheppard
Assistant Director of Admission
Territorial Responsibilities: California (East Bay, Sacramento, Napa, Sonoma, Greater Northern California)
BA Classics (Language Emphasis) 2008
Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar
University of Puget Sound
M.Phil Greek and Latin Languages and Literature 2010
University of Oxford (Merton College)
A first-generation college student from a public school in suburban New Jersey, Chris first travelled to the Pacific Northwest in order to attend Puget Sound. From his very first days on campus, he developed a strong affinity for Puget Sound, and has since considered the Northwest his home. As an undergraduate, Chris discovered his passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature, and undertook multiple summer research projects in various aspects of Classics (one of which included learning Old English for a comparative study of “Beowulf” and the “Iliad”). In addition, Chris was a member of the Honors Program, a Peer Advisor, a Writing Advisor, a Tour Guide, and a coxswain for the Men’s Varsity Rowing team, where he helped lead the first crew from Puget Sound to compete at the IRA National Championship Regatta.
Upon graduation, Chris travelled to the United Kingdom for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He spent the past year teaching ancient Greek to Oxford undergraduates while completing his master’s dissertation, a comparative study of Euripides and Ovid. Outside of academics, Chris enjoys music (he plays the guitar and mandolin), the outdoors, theater, coffee, and, of course, reading all kinds of literature, history, and philosophy. He is delighted to be back in Tacoma and working in an exciting position for his alma mater.