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“I have been watching Avis Stewart perform for almost 50 years now. My admiration is total. I watched him play basketball (mostly above the rim) on the great Earlham teams of the early 1970s. I watched him prepare for a college presidency by leading a teachers' strike at Richmond High School sometime around 1980. I watched him secure a huge gift for the Earlham Jewish Studies Program in the late 1990s. I watched him assume top administrative positions at Earlham throughout the 2000s. He did all these things with grace and dignity and quiet competence. …”

Gordon Thompson, Professor of English Emeritus


“I cannot thank you enough for taking the reins at Earlham during a challenging time in our history.  You led with a steady and very informed hand while we searched for a new president and started addressing the considerable fiscal challenges.  You have always been there.  Your steadfast loyalty and respect for Earlham's mission is palpable and commendable.  You have served in many roles and it shows in your depth of understanding about who Earlham is and where we need to go. …”

Carol (Sauers) Stange ‘74


“I think we need to send you to get certification as an electrician because it's about the only job you haven't done at EC. Thanks for your years of making Earlham a better place, and especially for your service in helping the college hold and heal in these last years. You've developed a practiced and steady hand through the years and that has been especially valuable in recent times.”

Len Clark, Provost and Academic Dean Emeritus

“Thank you so much for your long-term commitment to Earlham, and for stepping in to take leadership when it was desperately needed!  All the best to you in your retirement.”

Jane Alexander ‘79


“I will always remember your generosity and care for your players.  You were (are) a great coach with heart and with a compassionate drive to help your players do their best on the court and off the court!  I am not surprised that you are now the coach for the whole college!  Thank you for being my friend and being an important part of my life while at Earlham.”

 — Pete Manzelman ‘83
Member on basketball teams that Avis coached 1981-83


“Thank you for all you have done for Earlham over the years, and a personal thank you from me for doing so much to make my job easier next year! Your clear love of and commitment to Earlham, your unwavering focus on aligning behavior with the values laid out in Principles and Practices, your willingness to make the hard decisions - all these have set a high bar for future Earlham presidents.”

Anne Houtman, President-Elect

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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