Hiram E. Chodosh became president of Claremont McKenna College on July 1, 2013. He is CMC’s fifth president, and joined the College having already achieved distinction as an educator, an academic administrator, a legal scholar, and an internationally recognized advocate of judicial reform around the world.
Claremont McKenna College is a residential liberal arts college of 1,300 students with a focused mission on educating leaders for business, the professions, and public affairs. Its economics and government departments are considered the best at any liberal arts college in the United States, and The Henry R. Kravis Leadership Institute is one of the three best leadership programs for undergraduates in the United States. It is a member of a consortium of colleges known as The Claremont Colleges, located in Claremont, California. In September 2007, CMC announced a $200 million gift to establish the Robert Day Scholars Program and the creation of the Robert Day School in Economics & Finance. At that time, this gift was the 20th largest in American higher education, and the largest gift ever in the field of economics. In March 2008, CMC publicly commenced a $600 million Campaign, the largest ever announced by a liberal arts college, and it has raised $630 million toward this goal. This amount is the largest ever achieved in the history of liberal arts colleges.