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Earlham College Welcomes Concerned Alumni During Board Meeting

August 10, 2018

In conjunction with a meeting of its Board of Trustees on Saturday, August 11, 2018, Earlham College is cooperating with a group of concerned alumni who have organized an event called, “Holding Earlham College in the Light.”

The College has made Stout Meetinghouse available for the event, which will consist of a Silent Meeting in the manner of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts.

The Board has adjusted its plans so that representative trustees can attend a portion of the alumni event. Four Alumni Trustees (members of the board who have a formal role as representatives of College alumni) plan to spend an hour at the gathering.

“This type of event is a common part of our decision-making process at Earlham,” notes Avis Stewart ’74, interim president of Earlham. “Whenever we are facing a challenge, we do a lot of listening. I am glad that Earlham alumni care so much about the College. It’s appropriate to give them an opportunity to make their voices heard, just as we will with faculty, staff and students in coming weeks.”

Stewart noted that a Community Retreat for all employees is planned for next week and that a listening session for students will be held early in the Fall Semester. He expressed hope that concerned alumni will help strengthen the College.

“Clearly, there is work to do at Earlham, and I hope that all of us — faculty, staff, students and alumni — come together to make Earlham financially sustainable in perpetuity and to create a compelling vision for the future of the College,” says Stewart. “I know some alumni are disappointed with past decisions. As we expect from our alumni, they have made their voices heard.”

“Holding Earlham College in the Light” is organized by a group of alumni who have raised concerns about the College’s finances and governance in recent weeks. One of the organizers told the College that about 30 people are expected to attend.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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