Office of the President

The president leads Earlham College under the guidance of the College’s Board of Trustees. She is supported in her decision-making by members of Cabinet, a leadership team representing the various administrative and academic units of the College. The president, Board and Cabinet work collaboratively with our entire campus community, seeking consultation and consensus when possible.

About the President


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. She came to Earlham from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Zoology and a master’s degree in anthropology from UCLA. She earned her bachelor’s from Pomona College. Anne is a Quaker, and is the first woman to serve as president of Earlham. Previously, Anne served as 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. Earlier in her career, she held faculty positions at California State University Fullerton, Soka University of America, and Knox College. She has authored numerous textbooks and articles on scientific and pedagogical topics. Anne is a trustee of the College Board, a member of the Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Presidents, and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission presidents working group on the future of accreditation.


Statement on Palestine

The rapid escalation of violence inside Israel and Palestine is staggering. As a Quaker and as a human being, I — and the College as a whole — cannot stay silent in the face of so many civilian deaths and injuries, including children, mass destruction, evictions of families, and widespread political and social injustice.

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The Chauvin trial

Like many of you, I watched in horror last summer as footage of George Floyd’s final moments emerged. As Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, Floyd choked out the words “I can’t breathe” nearly 30 times — until he could no longer speak. After his death, these whispered words became a rallying cry for change.

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Statement on Indianapolis Shootings

Not again.

Those are the words that ran through my mind as I awoke to news of a mass shooting in Indianapolis. Another horrifying event in a year marked by horrifying events. Only this time, it happened in our own state, and to many within the Earlham community, our own back yard.

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Statement on Atlanta Shootings

As I sit here writing in the wake of the Atlanta shooting deaths, I am heartbroken, and I am reminded that there is still so much work to do to address the bias and hate that continues to divide our nation and world. Incendiary language and violence against people of Asian descent is a longstanding — and historically invisible — problem in our country. The brazen rhetoric and anti-Asian sentiment that has emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has only brought this reality out of the shadows.

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Statement regarding the attack on the Senate and House

First, let me step back for a moment and rejoice with you on the highest number ever of Americans voting in the presidential elections this November, and the highest percentage of citizens voting since 1900 (and also the highest percentage of voters since women were allowed to vote in 1920). More people of color voted, more young people, more women – it was the most diverse and representative group of voters in our nation’s history. 

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Black Lives Matter at Earlham College

The last few months have been so hard on all of us – having to leave campus suddenly, having to teach and learn online with little preparation, trying to plan for a future that remains unclear, and more recently, budget cuts and painful position eliminations. But our challenges as a community pale in comparison to what was demonstrated last week in the murder of George Floyd by someone sworn to protect him. And this is not an aberration. It is clear that toxic and violent racism is an inherent part of our society and our institutions for over 400 years.

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