Dr. Ellsworth has been involved in intercultural education for more than thirty-five years. In 1979, as the new President of Pitzer College, and the youngest president in the history of The Claremont Colleges, Dr. Ellsworth initiated one of the earliest culture-based language learning programs in association with ISA International, a Tokyo-based company.
He has served as President of Endowments, The Capital Group Companies; President of The Japan Society in New York City; Interim President of Give2Asia in San Francisco; and most recently as the Interim President of The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Earning his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Dr. Ellsworth’s academic career has combined teaching and administration at academic institutions throughout the United States, including Penn State University, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Chicago, and The Claremont Colleges. He has published and lectured on topics ranging from legal history, classical and Eastern philosophy liberation theology, art history, fiduciary responsibilities for nonprofits, and foundations and the joys of print collecting.
Active in community affairs, Dr. Ellsworth serves on the board of Southwestern University School of Law, and the Advisory Committee of the Japanese American Community Cultural Center in Los Angeles. He is also on the Advisory Committee of the International College of the Liberal Arts (iCLA) at Yamanashi University. He collects Japanese prints – from ukiyo-e to contemporary.