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

By KPass | Earlham College

Oct 11

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.

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.