Dr. J. David Arnold

J. David Arnold, Ph.D.

President, Eureka College

J. David Arnold, Ph.D., is serving in his eighth  year as president and professor of psychology at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Recently designated a National Historic District for its importance in American history, Eureka has graduated 42 college presidents, seven governors and members of Congress, and the 40th President of the United States.  Building on this legacy of creating servant leaders, a Reagan Forward initiative was implemented in 2008 to focus on leadership and service—related events include a national academic conference and hosting dozens of guest lectures on servant leadership, including one by Mikhail Gorbachev.

As an academic leader and author, Dr. Arnold has focused on forging connections between the curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular spheres of students’ experience in learning communities, engaging faculty in strategic planning, and promoting the “teacher-scholar” model of faculty professional development at liberal arts institutions.

A native of Lancaster, Pa., and the first in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Arnold completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Bloomsburg University (formerly Bloomsburg State College), graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, and post-doctoral study at Harvard University.

A self-described movie buff and nature enthusiast, Dr. Arnold and his wife Katherine have three grown children and twin granddaughters.