Earlham College — President

Earlham College is searching for a dynamic new president to take office in the Summer of 2017.  The successful candidate will assume leadership of the College at a critical juncture in its history.  A major repositioning effort designed to capitalize on Earlham’s considerable strengths is well underway, with the goals of increasing enrollment, building recognition and augmenting its revenues.

Earlham is a selective liberal arts college founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and located in Richmond, Indiana.  Host to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Earlham is recognized for the teaching excellence of its faculty; its Quaker heritage, focus on social justice, internationalism, and stewardship of the environment. Earlham’s graduates have found notable success, as reflected in part by its ranking 23rd in the nation in the percentage of graduates who go on to receive Ph.Ds. and 8th for those who earn Ph.Ds. in the life sciences.  Earlham enjoys a high percentage of international students, who come from over 70 countries.

Earlham serves approximately 1100 students in its four-year undergraduate program.  It also offers Masters degrees in education.  The College is associated with the Earlham School of Religion—a Quaker seminary—which offers two masters degrees and enrolls about 50 students.

For this Fall, Earlham has attracted the largest class in its history, without sacrificing academic quality and diversity.  In the last four years, Earlham has experienced record–breaking numbers of applications.  Like most other institutions of higher education, Earlham has nonetheless experienced declining tuition revenue.  Under President David Dawson’s leadership, the College has developed an ambitious strategic plan to strengthen its competitiveness in the marketplace.  With a large endowment relative to its size (approximately $390 million as of June 30, 2016) and a stable rating from Standard and Poor’s, the Earlham community has in the past five years invested over $70 million to lay the foundation for achieving its strategic goals.  As a result, its Science facilities are now state-of-the art.  The College has also built a new Visual and Performing Arts Center and Welcome Center, and continues to invest heavily in upgrading other facilities and making the campus more attractive.

To make the College more competitive, Earlham has increased by 15% the number of tenure track professorships in disciplines most preferred by its applicants.  At the same time, the faculty has undertaken a major curriculum revision emphasizing integrative learning through coordinated course offerings and co-curricular projects—a revision which will be in its third year of implementation by 2017-18.

Building on this progress, Earlham seeks a president who can work collaboratively with its Board of Trustees and faculty to realize the goals of the strategic plan, and prepare the College for the new challenges and possibilities of the next decade and beyond.  The next president must be a person of high integrity and excellent character who can earn the trust and respect of the community.  She or he must be a compelling spokesperson for the College, an effective fundraiser, and possess a record of successful senior administrative leadership experience.  An understanding of and respect for Quaker values, including consensus processes and shared governance, is important.   A terminal degree is preferred but not required.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (a letter of application and resume) should be submitted via email to EarlhamPresident@haleyassociates.net.  The letter of application should address the candidate’s match to the qualifications and qualities described in the Leadership Profile.  Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.  For best consideration, please submit applications by October 14, 2016.  Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to Dr. Katherine (Kate) Haley at khaley@haleyassociates.net or 603.748.4399.  The full Leadership Profile may be accessed at http://earlham.edu/presidential-search/.

Earlham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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