Skip to main content

President’s Letter

Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn to Receive ISI’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Wilmington, DE — The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) today announced that Hillsdale College president and ISI alumnus Larry Arnn will receive the Institute’s highest honor: the Charles H. Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Arnn will accept this prestigious award at ISI’s thirteenth annual Dinner for Western Civilization at the InterContinental Washington, D.C.—The Wharf on Thursday, October 25.

For the past eighteen years, Dr. Arnn has served as president of Hillsdale, a liberal arts college founded in 1844 that accepts no federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations. Under his leadership, Hillsdale has become more rigorous and selective than at any other point in its history. And thanks to Dr. Arnn, the college has become a national leader in free online courses, introducing millions of peoples to the great ideas of Western civilization. Hillsdale now sees on average more than a thousand enrollments per day across all online courses. The college has also increased the circulation of Imprimis, its monthly speech digest, to nearly four million.

In announcing the award, ISI president Charlie Copeland said: “I can think of no more worthy recipient of ISI’s Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award than Larry Arnn, who has done as much as anyone to advance America’s founding principles. Since his days as an ISI student, he has displayed remarkable abilities as a scholar and leader.”

Arnn became involved in ISI’s educational program as a student at the Claremont Graduate School. He frequently attended ISI conferences and became ISI’s campus leader at Claremont, organizing events and recruiting new students. Later he received ISI’s Richard M. Weaver Fellowship to support his graduate studies.

Dr. Arnn, who now serves on ISI’s Board of Trustees, has said, “ISI has powerfully assisted me in my education and in my life. It helped me get to the places I have gone, and I’m grateful for it. I acknowledge my debt to ISI. Though I’ll never be able to repay it, I hope I can make some difference.”

Before becoming president of Hillsdale in 2000, Dr. Arnn served as president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy, an organization he cofounded. While studying at the University of Oxford, he served as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Among other honors, Dr. Arnn has received the Bradley Prize for his “scholarship and leadership” and for helping “build Hillsdale College into the model of classical liberal arts education.”

ISI’s Charles H. Hoeflich Lifetime Achievement Award is not an annual award. It is reserved only for those who have made truly exceptional contributions to the promotion of principles and virtues that support a free society. The list of past awardees includes William F. Buckley Jr., Richard V. Allen, M. Stanton Evans, Edwin Meese, Edwin Feulner, and Gerhart Niemeyer. The award is named in honor of Charles H. Hoeflich, who served ISI faithfully as secretary-treasurer and trusted adviser from its founding in 1953 until his death in 2011.

Founded in 1953, ISI identifies thoughtful, talented college students, teaches them the principles of liberty, and plugs them into a vibrant intellectual community to give them the educational experience they hunger for. 


For more information, go to or contact Tara Gallardy at 302-524-6143 or