- Th.M., The Divinity School, Duke University
- M.Div., The Divinity School, Yale University (cum laude, Rockefeller Brothers Fellow)
- B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa, North Carolina Fellow)
Core Educational Values
J. Cameron West (“Cam”) took office as Huntingdon’s 14th president on June 1, 2003. He believes that the purpose of a liberal arts education at a College of the Church is preparation for responsible citizenship, which places the well-being of our communities at the center of our beliefs, our decisions, our actions. His goal for Huntingdon students is that they be educated to explore and understand the Judeo-Christian tradition and other major world religions, to consider what they are called to do with their lives, to think critically and ethically, to communicate with clarity and civility, and to extend themselves in service far beyond their own backyards. President West’s vision for Huntingdon, rooted in the College’s 163-year history, is expressed in three words: Faith, Wisdom, Service.
President West’s Career
Prior to his arrival at Huntingdon, President West served as a parish minister from 1978 to 1999 in congregations of the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He served as chair of the Board of Worship in the North Carolina Conference and as the Bishop’s Ecumenical Representative in the Western North Carolina Conference. He also served for seven years as a mentor in the Western North Carolina Conference Residency in Ordained Ministry (RIOM) program. From 1999 to 2003, he was a vice president and dean at Brevard College.
President West is an ordained elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. In 2013, he was presented the Francis Asbury Award by the Alabama-West Florida Conference in recognition of leadership excellence in United Methodist higher education. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities; is chair of the USA South Athletic Conference Executive Committee; and is a member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. He is also a member of the 2008–2009 class of Leadership Alabama.
President West at Huntingdon
During President West’s tenure, Huntingdon has experienced a time of revitalization and renewal. Enrollment has grown by more than 60 per cent in full-time day students and more than 100 per cent in all students, including the Evening Studies Program, which has expanded to sites across the State of Alabama. President West has led the redesign of the core curriculum and the introduction or re-introduction of majors or programs in accounting, elementary and secondary education, religion, Christian ministries, music, music education, physical education, and sport management. The Center for Career and Vocation, the Thomas and Emma Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, the Phyllis Gunter Snyder Center for Campus Ministries, the Women’s Center, the Black Student Union, the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program, and the College Counseling Center have been established. In 2015, the College received a $600,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment to expand the Huntingdon Leadership Academy, a summer leadership development program for high school students exploring religion and service vocations.
The College has expanded campus ministries, community service, campus recreation, and Greek life programming, and added the Marching Scarlet and Grey, a concert band, a jazz band, and various specialized instrumental groups. The Huntingdon Hawks football team, established in 2003, has become one of the nation’s premier Division III programs. Women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s and men’s lacrosse, women’s sand volleyball, men’s wrestling, and men’s and women’s cross country have been introduced as intercollegiate sports.
President West has made new facility construction and renovation of existing facilities a priority of his administration. The College has constructed a new football and lacrosse stadium, a new tennis center, and a new theater, and has completely renovated the science building, the religion and campus ministries building, the art gallery, the first-year women’s residence hall, the gymnasium, the dining hall, and Trimble Apartments. The music building continues to undergo a multi-year renovation, and the first phase of renovation of the long-closed swimming pool into a band rehearsal hall has been completed. Eight homes have been purchased and renovated on College Court for use as junior and senior leadership housing and sorority chapter housing. The fully-renovated, 10-acre Cloverdale Campus was dedicated in November, 2015.
At the May 19, 2007, Commencement Exercises, the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to President West. In his citation, Board of Trustees chair W. Kendrick Upchurch III stated that President West’s “unwavering leadership has transformed Huntingdon College.”
President West and his family—wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Grace; and son, William—live in The Delchamps Residence on the Huntingdon campus. Mrs. West, a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, holds the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. She worked outside the home most recently as comptroller of Kanuga Conferences, Inc., the international retreat and conference center of the Episcopal Church, located in the North Carolina mountains. For seven years she was a member of the Council of Finance and Administration of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Grace is a 2014 graduate of The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where she was a Baldwin Scholar. She is employed as the managing director of The Guarisco Gallery, Washington, D.C. William is a junior at Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he is a Charles E. Daniel Scholar.