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Bennett, Douglas "Doug" C., 1946- (President)



Douglas C. Bennett served as president and professor of politics from 1997 to 2011.

Born in Rochester, New York, Bennett graduated from Haverford College (1968), where he first encountered Quakerism, and earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. After eighteen years (1973-1989) teaching political philosophy and public policy at Temple University, Bennett moved to Reed College as Provost. From 1994 to 1997 he was Vice President and chief operating officer of the American Council of Learned Societies in New York City.

Bennett worked to preserve Earlham’s Quaker identity during his tenure, and his fourteen years as president were eventful. The Bolling Center and Mills Residence Hall were built, Conner Prairie separated from Earlham, and Indiana Yearly Meeting ended its official relationship with Earlham. He also appeared in more Air Guitar performances at Earlham than all of his predecessors combined. He retired in 2011.

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