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In these challenging times for higher education, and for the College, Earlham must have a gifted and visionary leader to achieve the College’s ambitious strategic goals. Given its Quaker heritage, Earlham needs a leader who is collaborative and well able to foster a sense of shared vision and passion with the trustees, the senior leadership, the faculty, staff, alumni and community. Strong communication skills and transparency will be critical to success.

The College requires a leader who is a team builder, one who listens well, builds consensus, fosters trust and makes progress possible. The next president must be an effective change agent and a compelling advocate for the College to all audiences. Knowledge of the current landscape of higher education, the challenges facing colleges today, and an understanding of new approaches and methodologies will be important. The College’s 2015 Strategic Plan provides important details about the challenges faced by Earlham and specific suggestions for how the College can respond.

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

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801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
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