President of Principia

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Jonathan W. Palmer is president of Principia. Under his leadership, Principia has developed a comprehensive strategic plan focusing on educational excellence and character unfoldment, as well as growth in technology use, online offerings, and international opportunities. 

He has helped establish the Center for Sustainability, Euphrates Institute, Leadership Institute, and the Institute for the Metaphysics of Physics, each of which brings interdisciplinary approaches to key areas of focus. He has expanded opportunities for student and faculty research and has focused on faculty development at the School and College, establishing Teaching Excellence directorships on both campuses.

Before coming to Principia, Dr. Palmer served as associate dean for academic affairs and professor at the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A 1978 graduate of Principia College, Palmer received an MS from Simmons College, an MBA from Babson College, and a PhD from Claremont Graduate University.

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Audio Broadcasts of Dr. Palmer's Convocations