The fundraising deadline for football has been extended to October 31, 2019. At its June 2019 meeting, the Earlham Board of Trustees received with appreciation a report from the Football Review Committee. The Committee was charged with providing an overview of what is required to support a viable intercollegiate football program at Earlham College. They spoke at length about the importance of intercollegiate athletics at small liberal arts colleges. In that context, they discussed a variety of issues, among them enrollment, Title IX compliance, the health and safety of student-athletes, the role of athletics in the larger campus culture, and financial matters.
President Anne Houtman will work with other campus leaders and the Football Review Committee report to provide trustees with a more in-depth analysis of what it will cost to administer a competitive, optimal roster size football program at Earlham College, and also explore the possibility of adding new women's sports like softball and swimming. Trustees will revisit these issues at their October 2019 meeting. Importantly, the board affirmed its commitment to a robust intercollegiate athletics program at Earlham College.