About this Document

Earlham College is governed by a Board of Trustees, which has “ultimate legal authority over the operations, activities, properties, and programs of Earlham, including the undergraduate college (the “College”) and the Earlham School of Religion.”

The Board vests certain officers with authority and responsibility as indicated below:

  • the President, who is chief executive officer of Earlham College and Earlham School of Religion, with responsibility for all educational and managerial affairs;
  • Chief Academic Officer, under the general direction of the President and working closely with Faculty committees and representatives, is responsible for all matters of personnel management affecting the teaching Faculty, as well as the development of educational policy and curriculum strategy;
  • Chief Financial Officer/Treasure, under the general direction of the President, is responsible for the financial and business affairs of Earlham and serves as the chief administrative officer;  and
  • Dean of the School of Religion, under the general direction of the President, serves as the principal administrative officer of the School of Religion.

In addition to these officers, the President appoints senior administrators to manage individual units of the College or oversee areas of strategic institutional importance. These administrators, often serving as vice presidents, oversee Student Life and Student Affairs; Institutional Advancement; Marketing and Communications; Enrollment Management; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Faculty, through its committees and with the Chief Academic Officer, have responsibility for the curriculum.

Download the Employee Guide to Earlham College Governance – 2023.

Visit https://earlham.edu/about/leadership-and-governance/ and navigate to the appropriate area in the left-hand menu for more on Earlham leadership.


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Last revision: 12/12/2023
Effective date: 12/12/2023
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