Douglas Bennett is President Emeritus at Earlham College. He served as President from 1997 to 2011.
From 1994 to 1997 he was Vice President and chief operating officer of the American Council of Learned Societies in New York City, and from 1989 to 1993 he was the Vice President and Provost at Reed College, in Portland, Oregon.
From 1973 to 1989 he was a member of the Political Science Department at Temple University in Philadelphia. His scholarly publications include Transnational Corporations Versus the State: the Political Economy of the Mexican Automobile Industry, co-authored with Kenneth Sharpe (Princeton University Press, 1985), and many articles on transnational corporations in developing countries, immigration, and other topics in public policy and in higher education.
He has a B.A. from Haverford College, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.
From its beginnings in 2000 until 2012 he served on the National Advisory Board for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). He also served from 2004-2014 on the Board of Directors for the Council for Aid to Education, which oversees the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), and served from 2008 to 2011 on the National Advisory Panel for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA). From 2002 to 2006 he served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges (NAICU), and served as its Chair in 2005.
From 1988 to 2000 he served on the Board of Managers of Haverford College. He currently serves on the Friends Relations Committee and the Quaker United Nations Committee for the American Friends Service Committee. In the past he has served on the General Committee of Friends Committee on National Legislation as well as on the boards/school committees of Germantown Friends School and Friends Seminary.
He is married to Ellen Trout Bennett, and has two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003). He is a member of Durham Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). His blog posts on Quaker matters can be found on River View Friend and on QuakerQuaker.