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Leadership and governance

Earlham is rooted in a belief in representation and equality, and this is reflected through the governance of the College. Earlham’s leadership and governance is made up of outstanding and caring members of our community who are dedicated to providing an education of the highest quality.

Our presidentCabinetBoard of Trusteesadministrative offices and academic departments use consensus and consultation in their decision-making, creating an open and cooperative environment for faculty, students and staff.

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Current issues

We live in a world that constantly calls for growth, reflection and engagement.

Our President and Leadership

Anne M. Houtman, a distinguished educator, scientist, author, and higher education leader, became the 20th president of Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion on July 1, 2019. Anne is a Quaker, and is the first woman to serve as president of Earlham. Previously, Anne served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering at California State University Bakersfield, and as head and professor at the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Board of Trustees

Earlham’s Board of Trustees is committed in its ongoing support of the College. As Earlham evolves to educate future generations while staying rooted in our Quaker values, the Board assists the President and Cabinet in charting our path forward.


The president’s Cabinet includes high-level administrators of the College who oversee various departments and functions. Through their collaboration, Cabinet members and the president ensure that each area of the College works together in achieving our educational mission.

Strategic priorities

  • Recruit and retain a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and students.
  • Build a financially sustainable path for Earlham.
  • Improve student success and the student experience.
  • Establish strong and enduring relationships on and off campus.
  • Support ESR in expanding its impact through increased enrollment and sustainable financial practices.
  • Achieve operational excellence through continuous improvement and assessment.

College-wide statements on current events

From time to time, Earlham College’s president and Board of Trustees feel compelled to issue a statement on current events. These statements affirm Earlham’s stance as an institution in relation to the world around us, and offer guidance as we make decisions about our path forward.

Statements and speeches
A message from the Board of Trustees about violence in the Middle EastNovember, 14, 2023
A response to concerned alumni regarding violence in the Middle EastNovember 8, 2023
A message of peace and unity following war in the Middle EastOctober 11, 2023
Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of Affirmative ActionJune 30, 2023
A statement on the passing of Indiana Senate Bill 1August 9, 2022
Statement on invasion of UkraineFebruary 25, 2022
Black Lives MatterJune 1, 2021
Statement on PalestineMay 14, 2021
The Chauvin TrialApril 20, 2021
In the wake of the Indianapolis shootingsApril 16. 2021
Responding to the Atlanta shootingsMarch 18, 2021
Statement on attack of Senate and HouseJanuary, 8, 2021
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.