About the Presidency

Role of the President

The President's key challenge is to sustain and enhance Swarthmore's excellence in liberal arts education in a highly competitive and ever more globalized environment. Among other things, the President:

  • Provides leadership and vision for the College consonant with the mission, history, and culture of the institution and focused on its future.
  • Increases the national and international visibility of Swarthmore and plays a leading role in articulating the transformational impact of a liberal arts college education to the general public.
  • Engages the community in shaping a strategic plan for Swarthmore's next decade that will position it for continued success far beyond that period.
  • Communicates with passion Swarthmore's vision and needs to a wide variety of constituencies.
  • Assures Swarthmore the financial resources it will need to continue to provide an educational experience of unsurpassed quality to its students regardless of their ability to pay.