Father Robert Cook, born in Rifle, Colorado, attended the Catholic liberal arts college of Regis, graduating magna cum laude with a Classical B.A. in 1962. He received his LL.B. (a doctorate equivalent) from Stanford University Law School and practiced law from 1965 to 1970. He then founded Alternatives Inc. in Boulder, Colorado, which offered an alternative to abortion by providing life-supportive solutions to people with “unwanted” pregnancies. Father Cook was a monk at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, for over three years. Thereafter he practiced law in Denver for 19 years. He attended Sacred Heart School of Theology, where he received his Masters in Divinity degree. He was ordained to the Priesthood of Our Lord for the Diocese of Cheyenne on May 11, 2000. Father Cook served as an associate pastor at St. Anthony’s and pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, both in Casper, WY, and as the Director of Bishop Ricken’s Wyoming School of Catholic Thought. He has also taught religion in parochial school and biblical studies at Casper College. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2005, Father Cook was named the first President of Wyoming Catholic College.
Wyoming Catholic College is a four-year coeducational Catholic college whose primary educational objective is to offer a traditional liberal arts education that schools the whole person in all three dimensions—mind, body, and spirit. We accomplish this by immersing our students in the beauty of the outdoors, by introducing them to the wisdom of Western tradition and thought as found in the Great Books and Good Books of the past millennia, and by making the best of the Catholic spiritual heritage part of the rhythm of daily life in our close College community. Students graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts.