Dr. J. David Arnold
Dr. J. David Arnold is the Chancellor and a Professor of Psychology at Eureka College, 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 record enrollment and consecutive balanced budgets, while reducing tuition and increasing net tuition revenue. He launched the Ivy Project, which helped achieve more than $30 million in campus improvements, including the construction of a new residence hall and a new classroom/laboratory building. Arnold also started the organizational leadership program to attract non-traditional students. Other achievements include the creation of visiting scholar, artist and executive programs.
The college 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” and the creation of the Honorary Reagan Fellow Award component of the Reagan Leadership Program.
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.
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.