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Eugene S. Mills served as interim president of Earlham from 1996-97.
Mills graduated from Earlham in 1948 and received his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate Schools. He began his career as an assistant professor of psychology at Whittier College. In 1962 he joined the faculty of the University of New Hampshire, where for 17 years he served as professor, then academic dean, then provost, and finally as president. In 1979 Mills returned to Whittier to serve as its president. He retired from Whittier in 1989 to become an author, writing The Story of Elderhostel (University Press of New England, 1993), an educational program aimed at senior citizens founded at University of New Hampshire in 1975.