Growth On Earlham Campus Announced At Inauguration Of 17th President

Last Saturday afternoon, leading up to the installation of the new president of Earlham College, Board Chair Debbie Hull made an announcement that was significant to the growth of the campus. In addition to the following:

“One of the first significant changes that will be seen on campus during David Dawson’s administration is the construction of a new science complex, on which we plan to break ground in May 2012. The complex, including new construction and a complete renovation of Stanley Hall, will contain state-of-the-art research facilities organized by research themes and common function.”

New Fine Arts Facility

Hull also added on Saturday, in her remarks prior to installing David as President, the announcement that “the day before the inauguration, the Earlham Board of Trustees authorized the College to move forward with all expediency on a new fine arts facility, as well!”

It was a very exciting afternoon filled with music, and the first speech from the new president that contained both humor and moments of hopeful aspirations for Earlham.   President Dawson was thankful to all the people who helped bring this celebration together, including past presidents who came to support him on this first official day of his new endeavors.  Those presidents included Landrum Bolling and most recent president Doug Bennett.  After thanking the many people who made the day possible David Dawson began by saying, “I am humbled by your faith in me.”  And he later challenged us to ask the question “how shall I live,” adding, as he said, for science fiction buffs, “do you want the blue pill or the red pill?”

David Dawson also spoke highly of his support of Earlham’s distinctive and compelling place in the world of education.  He shared his observation that Earlham was an educational experience that is “taking place in the real world.”  He added that windows are opened to “plights across the world.  Earlham, he said, reminds us that “life has no time outs…somewhere in the world someone is suffering.”

Amidst flags from all nations, his parting words were a challenge to the Earlham student body and community to “change your life, change your world.”  The inauguration was followed by a reception with garden sculptures created by students of Earlham College and lovely treats prepared for the occasion.

Welcome to the community David Dawson!

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Inauguration of John David Dawson, 17th President of Earlham College

John "David" Dawson, Next President of Earlham College

On Saturday, October 15, Earlham will conduct a ceremony that will focus on the Quaker value of simplicity, as the college inaugurates John David Dawson as its 17th president. Dignitaries from other colleges, Earlham board members and alumni join current faculty, staff and students in a day filled with celebration and reflection. The inauguration will include a variety of events across campus.

First Non-Quaker to Serve as Earlham’s President

David Dawson is the first non-Quaker to serve as Earlham’s president in its history. However, having come from a Quaker college prior to accepting his position as President of Earlham College, he brings much experience to the table. The actual inauguration is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center Performance Gym.

“Playing For Change”

Playing For Change Performs at Inauguration Celebration

Included in this day of celebration will be the performance of a well known international musical group which focuses on peace called “Playing For Change” at 8:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center Performance Gym. (You can see two videos of the group on by searching “Playing For Change”).
Tickets are needed for the inauguration as well as the special concert in the evening. You can register online for the inauguration ceremony and get tickets for the show at the Box Office in Runyan Center on campus.

Change Is Coming- Video (Coming To Richmond Next Weekend)

This youtube video was posted on Facebook by Lynn Knight from Earlham College Events.  The group, Playing For Change, can be seen next weekend, Saturday during the inauguration weekend for the new Earlham president.  Visit the box office at Earlham College SOON if you want tickets.  They are 10.00/adults and 8.00 for students and seniors.

“Playing For Change” Coming To Earlham College October 15, 2011

Tickets are now available for Playing For Change, an  international musical group that has been featured on PBS and is a unique combination of music from all over the world.  See the video below for a sample of what you will enjoy at Earlham during Inauguration Weekend.

Location: Performance Gymnasium, Athletics and Wellness Center. You can pick up tickets (10.00/adult and 8.00 students and seniors) at the box office at Earlham College, Runyan Center.  The performance will be on Saturday, October 15, at 8:30 p.m. in the performance gym in the wellness center.

The video below is described as “Musicians from around the world perform an amazing rendition of “Stand By Me” in the new PBS special PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC.”   You won’t want to miss this!