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 served as a trustee of the College Board, is 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.

Recent statements and speeches

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.

Earlham Hall from the front

Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s repeal of Affirmative Action

Earlham has long been deeply committed to recruiting, admitting, educating and graduating a diverse and inclusive community of students. Those Earlhamites go on to the hard work of building a better and more just society. No Supreme Court ruling will change that.

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Anne Houtman inauguration

A statement on the shooting tragedy in Buffalo

The following is a statement from Earlham President Anne Houtman on the shooting tragedy in Buffalo, New York. On Saturday afternoon, I had the great privilege of celebrating the accomplishments of Earlham’s multicultural students. Earlham is a place where students from many different racial and ethnic backgrounds and countries come together to…

Anne Houtman photo
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.