Clarity of Purpose in a Complex World

Julie Kornfeld was inaugurated as Kenyon’s 20th president as the College celebrates its bicentennial year. A highly regarded academic leader and committed educator, Kornfeld is a champion of interdisciplinary collaboration, curricular innovation and cross-cutting institutional partnerships. She comes to Kenyon with a proven history of forging productive paths for study and research, and sees Kenyon as a community well positioned to take on the challenges of our time.

Inauguration Stories and Speeches

“My promise to you is that I will show up as Kenyon's 20th president, knowing that I do not do this work alone.”

Julie Kornfeld
President Kornfeld talks with a student

A skilled epidemiologist, Julie Kornfeld recognizes that addressing complex problems calls for the collaboration of deep thinkers across disciplines. In her role as president, she will build on Kenyon’s strengths of preparing graduates to think critically and creatively about ideas that move the world forward.

Kenyon College Presidents: 1824-2024

In its nearly 200 years, Kenyon College has seen twenty different Presidents. From Bishop Philander Chase to our newest and current President Julie Kornfeld, learn about the history of the Presidency at Kenyon.

Inauguration Committee

Professor of Political Science Joe Klesner, inauguration committee chair