Dr. Jonathan Palmer

Chief Executive; College President; Administrative Faculty
PhD, Claremont Graduate University
MBA, Babson College
MS, Simmons College
BA, Principia College

Dr. Jonathan Palmer became president of Principia College in July 2008 and took on the additional role of chief executive of Principia a year later. 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.

In his combined post as president and chief executive, Dr. Palmer manages the activities of the College while overseeing the progress of the entire institution. But he doesn’t do it singlehandedly. Community members work together to design and implement College initiatives, with students playing an integral part in the process. As he puts it, “I look at students as partners, working alongside their peers and professors in our community of practice, a community that values individualized, handwrought, experience-based education.”

Dr. Palmer (’78) and his wife, Sue (’79), reside in Hutchinson House on the College campus. They have a daughter, Katie Sheridan (’09), and a son, Jeremy, who graduated from McGill University in Montreal.

The Principia Study Guide for 2013-2014 [download pdf]
The Principia Study Guide for 2012-2013 [download pdf]
The Principia Study Guide for 2011-2012 [download pdf]

Read the 2012-2013 Principia Annual Report.

Visit the Chief Executive page.

Audio Broadcasts of Dr. Palmer's Convocations

Fall Convocation 2013

Fall Convocation 2012

Fall Convocation 2011

Fall Convocation 2010

Fall 2009 Convocation - Dr. Palmer's Power Point slides

Fall 2008 Convocation - Dr. Palmer's Power Point slides

“The Principia difference comes down to a fundamental shift in how we view our students. Where the world sees limits, we see unlimited, God-given intelligence.”