Avis Stewart appointed interim president
June 27, 2018
Alan Price has announced his resignation after leading Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion since July 1, 2017. He will conclude his work at the College on July 31, 2018 and assist with the transition to new leadership.
"After careful deliberation, I have decided that this is the best way forward at this time," said Price. "I would like to express my profound gratitude to the entire community for supporting me and generating an atmosphere of positive collaboration over this last year. Earlham will always hold a special place in my heart."
Deborah Hull, chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, said that the Board had accepted his resignation and expressed appreciation to Alan Price for his contributions as president. "Alan’s presidency has contributed to a very positive campus and community spirit and he has effectively reached out to alumni for their support. His love and regard for the College and the unique educational experience it provides students has been apparent from the start. During his tenure, a strong Cabinet has been recruited and he has engaged the campus community in a re-envisioning process intended to position the College to successfully meet the challenges facing higher education. We wish him the best in his next professional chapter and sincerely thank him and his wife, Gina, for their service to the College."
Ms. Hull also announced that Avis Stewart will serve as the interim president until a new president is selected. "Avis has been a member of the College’s administration for many years and is respected by those on campus and off for his ability and dedication to the College," said Hull. “He has served in many roles including as a vice president in areas including, Institutional Advancement, Community Relations, and Athletics." Hull said the Board will decide how to conduct a search in consultation with faculty, staff and student representatives early in the upcoming academic year.
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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.
Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and firstname.lastname@example.org.