Administrative Faculty

Eric Chisholm, Business Manager

Eric earned a B.A. from Cedarville University in 2011 and an MBA from Wright State University in 2013. He joined the administrative faculty at ESR in 2016 and manages the school's business affairs.
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David Dawson, President, Professor of Religion, Earlham College

David Dawson began his tenure as President and Professor of Religion at Earlham College in 2011. Under his leadership, Earlham has focused on its image as a leading liberal arts institution, as well as planning for future growth.

Dawson received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, a B.A. in English and History from Towson State University, and an M.Div. from the Divinity School of Duke University.

He is the author of two books on ancient biblical interpretation and one book on modern literary theory, as well as a collection of scholarly articles.
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Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations

Mandy joined ESR in 2007 and serves as the liaison between the school and alumni, donors and other community members. She earned a B.A. from Indiana University East.
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Matthew Hisrich, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Matthew is a graduate of ESR having received his M.Div. in 2008. He joined the school in 2012 and is responsible for recruiting new students as well as overseeing the admissions process for ESR. He has also earned a B.A. from Hillsdale College in 1999.
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Jay Marshall, Dean of Earlham School of Religion, Vice President of Earlham College

As Dean, Jay Marshall serves as the chief operating officer of the Earlham School of Religion. He is also a vice president of Earlham College.

Recorded as a Friends minister by North Carolina Yearly Meeting in 1985, he has fifteen years of pastoral experience. Jay’s ministry includes teaching, as well as authoring books and occasional articles. At the center of his ministry lies a passion for leading and nurturing others who are seeking truth or exploring their own calls to ministry. He believes that ESR possesses the capacity to integrate academics and spirituality within the context of a seminary education in a way few, if any, other schools can.

Jay graduated from Guilford College in 1985. He earned the M.Div. in 1988 and a Ph.D. in 1992 from Duke University. Marshall’s doctoral dissertation is titled The Book of the Covenant: An Anthropological Approach to Biblical Law and was published by Scholars’ Press.
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Tim Seid, Associate Dean & Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies

Tim joined Earlham School of Religion in 2001. As Associate Dean, Tim is primarily responsible for the distance learning program (ESR Access), for Student Services, and for management of ESR's website and institutional publications. As Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies, he teaches two courses per year in the area of New Testament. He earned a B.A. from Grace College in 1981; an M.A. from Wheaton College Graduate School in 1984; and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Early Christianity) from Brown University in 1996.

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April Vanlonden, Director of Academic Services

April joined ESR in 2009. She is a recorded Friends minister and earned a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1983 and an M.Div. from ESR in 2004.
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