Carl J. Strikwerda, Ph.D.
Carl J. Strikwerda is the fourteenth president of Elizabethtown College, serving since 2011. Between 2004 and 2011, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Previously, he was Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas He received a B.A. from Calvin College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Besides his scholarship in history, he has published a book, Deans and Development: Making the Case for the Liberal Arts.
President Strikwerda has served as an historical consultant to the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and to a number of colleges and universities on higher education administration.. He has given talks to business groups, schools and religious organizations on World War One and the history of globalization. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County Economic Development Company, public radio and television station witf in Harrisburg, and the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), as well as serving as a member of the Presidents’ Trust of the American Association of Colleges and Universities.