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.
Houtman 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 of arts degree from Pomona College. Houtman is a Quaker, and is the first woman to serve as President of Earlham.
Previously, Houtman 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. Houtman is currently a trustee of the College Board.
In this rapidly changing time, Earlham is operating under the following broad goals. Each area of campus is developing strategies and budgets in alignment with these goals. President Houtman shared the goals with the Board of Trustees at its March 2020 meeting:
- Build a Financially Sustainable Path for Earlham
- Maintain Earlham’s Full Ability to Access Government Funding (while maintaining compliance with federal laws)
- Improve Student Success and Experience
- Establish Strong & Enduring Relationships On- and Off-Campus
- Support the Earlham School of Religion in expanding its impact through increased enrollment and sustainable financial practices.
Anne Houtman can be contacted through the Earlham President's Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 765-983-1211.