Meet the Chancellor

Dr. J. David Arnold served as the 26th President of Eureka College in Eureka, Ill. for 11 years. He now serves as the Chancellor and Professor of Psychology, focused on the development of Eureka’s new Leadership Institute.

His presidential tenure has been some of the strongest and most successful years in the College’s history. Under Arnold’s leadership, the college achieved: 1) record enrollment including graduates who represent over 30% of living alumni; 2) balanced budgets; 3) $35 million in private donor support; 4) more than 30 new endowed scholarships; 5) nearly doubled the College endowment from $12 to over $20 million; and 6) more than $30 million in campus improvements, including the construction of a new residence hall, a new classroom/laboratory building, and a renovated Reagan gym transformed into an arena and convocation center. Other achievements include the creation of visiting scholar, artist and executive programs.

The College campus was designated a National Historic District in 2010 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 the legacy of creating servant leaders, a Reagan Forward initiative was launched in 2008 to focus on leadership and service—related events include a national academic conference on “Reagan and the Midwest,” lectures by dozens of Reagan authors, and the creation of the Honorary Reagan Fellow Award component of the Reagan Leadership Program.

In honor of Dr. and Mrs. Arnold, the Board of Trustees renamed the newest residence hall Arnold Hall and established the J. David and Katherine Arnold Leadership Fund.

Arnold formerly was vice president for academic and student affairs at Missouri Western State University. He also served as provost at St. John Fisher College and as a dean and grants officer at Clarion University. He started his academic career as a professor teaching psychology and writing at St. Lawrence University.

As an academic leader and author, Arnold has focused on learning communities, strategic planning and promoting the “teacher-scholar” model of faculty professional development at liberal arts institutions. You can learn more about Dr. Arnold’s career by viewing his curriculum vita.[insert link to cv here]

A native of Lancaster, Pa., and the first in his family to graduate from college, Arnold completed his undergraduate degree with honors at Bloomsburg University, graduate degrees at the University of New Hampshire and post-doctoral study at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

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

Dr. J Arnold
J. David Arnold, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology


  • Post-Doctoral, Seminar for New Presidents, Harvard University (2005)
  • Post-Doctoral, Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University (1996)
  • PhD, Social Psychology, University of New Hampshire (1982)
  • MA, Social Psychology, University of New Hampshire (1980)
  • BA, Psychology, Bloomsburg University (1978)