Larry P. Arnn became the twelfth president of Hillsdale College in May, 2000. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Accounting in 1974 from Arkansas State University, graduating with the highest distinction. He studied at the Claremont Graduate School and received his M.A. in Government in 1976, and his Ph.D. in Government in 1985.

From 1985-2000, he served as president of The Claremont Institute, an education and research institution based in Southern California. While at Claremont, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, or Proposition 209, which was passed by California voters in 1996 and prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting and admissions.

He is the author most recently of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education, published by Hillsdale College Press in 2004.