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Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, 2022-2023
- Chairman: Ms. Leura Garrett Canary ’78
Retired Attorney; Montgomery, Ala.
- Vice Chairman: Ms. Katrina R. Keefer ’95
Chief Executive Office, DCH Health System; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Secretary: Mr. Mark Colson ’07
President; Alabama Trucking Association; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Robert Howard Adams
Vice President; Capital Veneer Works Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. John N. Albritton Jr.
Retired Banker; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Jane Howell Allen ’75
National Alumni Board President; Counselor; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Glenda A. Allred ’91
Deputy State Treasurer, State of Alabama; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Honorable James H. Anderson ’76
Circuit Court Judge; Montgomery Circuit Court; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. G. Carlton Barker ’70
President and Chief Executive Officer; Servisfirst Bank; Montgomery, Ala.
- Dr. Sanders M. Benkwith
Retired Ophthalmologist; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Dave G. Borden
Retired; Aldridge, Borden, & Co. PC; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. John C. Bullard Sr.
Retired Chief Executive Officer; Bullard & Williams Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Lucinda Samford Cannon
Real Estate Developer; Cannon Ventures LLC; Opelika, Ala.
- Dr. C. Richard Chappell
Research Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University; Destin, Fla.
- The Reverend Toby Chastain ’99
Associate Pastor, Decatur First United Methodist Church; Decatur, Ala.
- Mr. H. David Cobb II
President and CEO; MMI Outdoor Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dale R. Cohen
Senior Pastor; Florence United Methodist Church; Florence, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Jay D. Cooper
Senior Minister; First United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Rob Couch
Lead Pastor; Christ United Methodist Church; Mobile, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Kenneth A. Dunivant
Retired Clergy; Northport, Ala.
- Mr. Frederick A. Frost ’81
Executive Counsel-Law Department; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Katy, Texas
- Bishop David W. Graves
Bishop; Alabama-West Florida Conference; The United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Wanda A. Howard ’81
Project Manager; Atlanta, Ga.
- The Reverend Dr. Clinton Hubbard Jr.
Senior Pastor; First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Mr. David Hudson Jr. ’81
President and Owner; Dixie Pulp & Paper Inc.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- The Reverend Emily Dueitt Kincaid ’06
Executive Minister; Orange Beach United Methodist Church; Orange Beach, Ala.
- Dr. G. Mark Kingry Jr. ’87
Orthodontist; Kingry Orthodontics; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Mary Virginia Mandell
Civic Activist, Birmingham, Ala.
- Ms. Beverly Gordy McKinney ’70
Civic Leader; Montgomery, Ala.
- Dr. Lawrence U. McLemore ’04
Head of School; St. James School; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Betty T. McMahon ’64
Civic Leader; Birmingham, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Brian Miller
Senior Minister; Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Mat Pope ’88
Risk Management Specialist, Insurance Office of America; National Alumni Board Representative; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Joe Dewitt Read ’88
Executive Sales Professional, Novo Nordisk; Dothan, Ala.
- Ms. Emilie Hobbs Reid
Civic Leader; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Suzie Wendland Rhodes ’80
Diversified Business Owner; Autaugaville, Ala.
- Dr. Celia S. Rudolph ’80
School Board, Muscle Shoals City Schools; Muscle Shoals, Ala.
- Mr. Robert E. Seibels III
Senior Vice President for Investments; Stifel Financial Corporation; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Elizabeth Couey Smithart ’86
Attorney; Union Springs, Ala.
- The Reverend Vaughn Stafford
Senior Pastor; Clearbranch United Methodist Church; Trussville, Ala.
- Mr. Anthony C. Stallworth ’78
Administrative Assistant; Crenshaw Board of Education; Rutledge, Ala.
- Dr. Eugene E. Stanaland ’60
Retired President; Gene Stanaland Enterprises; Auburn, Ala.
- Mr. David F. Steele
Attorney, Steele Law, LLC; Monroeville, Ala.
- Dr. Charles G. Tomberlin ’60
Retired Radiologist; Opp, Ala.
- Mr. W. Kendrick Upchurch III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; W.K. Upchurch Construction Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
- Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett
Bishop; North Alabama Conference; The United Methodist Church; Birmingham, Ala.
- Dr. Laurie Jean Weil
Civic Leader and Retired Veterinarian; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend J. Cameron West
President of the College; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. William B. Wilson ’90
President; Jim Wilson & Associates LLC; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Lois Flowers Youngblood
Civic Leader; Birmingham, Ala.
- Ms. Betty Waite Zoller
President; North Alabama Foundation The United Methodist Church; Huntsville, Ala.
Huntingdon College is governed by a board of trustees made up of individuals representing clergy and lay leaders in the Alabama-West Florida and North Alabama Conferences of the United Methodist Church, as well as civic and business leaders from across the Southeast.
- J. Cameron West, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., President of the College
- Jay A. Dorman, B.S., C.P.A., Treasurer and Senior Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Administration
- Anthony J. Leigh, B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Senior Vice President for Student and Institutional Development and Dean of Students
- Tom Perrin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty; Professor of English
- Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05, B.A., M.E., Vice President for Strategic Academic Initiatives; Director of the Huntingdon Presidential Fellows Program; Director of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program
- Chris Clark ’07, B.A., M.B.A, MAcc, J.D., LLM, Vice President for Risk Management; College Diversity and Equity Inclusion Officer; In-House Counsel
- Stephanie Hicks, B.S., M.S., Vice President for Admission and Head Coach, Cheerleading
- Su Ofe, B.F.A., M.A., Vice President for Marketing and Communications
- Anneliese Spaeth, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Vice President for Technology and Associate Professor of Mathematics
- Sidney J. Stubbs, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Research and Accreditation; Professor of Mathematics
- Eric Levanda, B.S., Director of Athletics
Federal program coordinators:
- Title IX: Eric A. Kidwell, Director of the Library
- ADA/Section 504: Lisa Olenik Dorman, Professor of Sport Science; Director of Academic Disability Services; Director of the Huntingdon Ability Sport Network; Section 504 Coordinator
- Financial Aid: Belinda Goris Duett, Associate Vice President for Financial Services & Reporting
President J. Cameron West
- Th.M., The Divinity School, Duke University, 1986. Thesis: “Fitting the Hearer: John Wesley’s Preaching of Gospel and Law”
- M.Div., The Divinity School, Yale University (cum laude, Rockefeller Brothers Fellow), 1978
- B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa, North Carolina Fellow), 1972
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 religious and philosophical traditions, 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 168-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, Brevard, North Carolina.
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. In 2014, he served as Conference Preacher at the annual sessions of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference. He currently chairs the Board of Directors, Alabama Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU), and is a member of the Board of Directors, Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts (MABCA). Formerly, President West chaired the Presidents Council of the USA South Athletic Conference and served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). He is also a former member of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church and an emeritus member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. President West is a member of the 2008-2009 class of Leadership Alabama.
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 at Huntingdon
During President West’s tenure, Huntingdon has experienced a time of revitalization and renewal, with an enrollment growth of 50 per cent. He has led the redesign of the general education core curriculum and the introduction or reintroduction of majors or programs in accounting, criminal justice, elementary and secondary education, religion, music education, physical education, sport management, and African-American studies, as well as the Master’s of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) in the W. James Samford, Jr. School of Graduate and Professional Studies. 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, the Presidential Fellows Program, and the College Counseling Center have been established or reestablished.
The College has expanded campus ministries, community service programs, campus recreation, and Greek life, and added a marching band (the Marching Scarlet and Grey), a concert band (the Huntingdon Winds), and a pep band (the Ball Hawks). The Huntingdon Hawks football team, established in 2003, has become one of the nation’s premier NCAA Division III programs. Women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s and men’s lacrosse, women’s beach volleyball, men’s wrestling, and women’s and men’s cross country and track have been introduced as Division III 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 natural sciences building, the religion and campus ministries building, the art gallery, the fine arts building, the first-year women’s residence hall, the gymnasium, the dining hall, and Trimble Apartments (now fraternity housing and meeting space). Fourteen neighborhood homes and three neighborhood apartment buildings have been purchased and renovated on College Court, Woodley Terrace, and Fairview Avenue for use as junior and senior leadership housing and sorority/fraternity housing and meeting space. The fully renovated, 10 acre Cloverdale Campus was dedicated in November, 2015. The Huntingdon Bands Rehearsal Hall and the W. James Samford, Jr. Soccer and Softball Complex, including the Lucinda Cannon Softball Field, were completed and opened in academic year 2017-2018.
The Phyllis and Gene Stanaland House (formerly Capitol Book and News), home of the Scarlet and Grey Shop, was dedicated in September, 2019, following complete restoration. Caroline Slawson Campus Commons was opened in Fall, 2019, following major repurposing and renovation of the original section of Houghton Memorial Library. The Wanda A. Howard ’81 Black Student Union Center was formally opened in Fall, 2021, after complete restoration of the first floor of the YWCA Hut. Also in 2021, new seating was installed throughout historic Ligon Chapel in Flowers Hall, site of major religious, cultural, intellectual and arts events serving both the College and the Montgomery community.
President West with, from left, Grace, Elizabeth, and William West.
President West, his wife, Elizabeth West, and their Sheltie, Bonnie, 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 (B.S.B.A.) from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. 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 on Finance and Administration of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. At Huntingdon, she enjoys her friendships with students, faculty, and staff, and she serves as a trip leader for Huntingdon Plan Travel/Study.
President and Mrs. West’s daughter, Grace West, is a 2014 graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, where she was a Baldwin Scholar. She is employed as Assistant Director of Alumni and Leadership Giving for the Duke University Annual Fund, Durham, North Carolina. Their son, William West, is a 2018 graduate of Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was a Charles E. Daniel Scholar. He is a student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, White Plains, New York.
Speeches and Sermons
- Presidential Inaugural Address, April 4, 2004 (doc)
- 2022 Commencement Address
- Baccalaureate Sermons
- Presidential Convocation Addresses
- 2019 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2017 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2016 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2015 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2014 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2013 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2012 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2011 Presidential Convocation Address
- 2010 Presidential Convocation Address
- “Witnesses,” delivered on the occasion of the Dedication of the Wanda A. Howard ’81 Black Student Union Center, October 2020 (pdf)
- Remarks to the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Bishop Graves, June 2019 (pdf)
- 2014 Western North Carolina Annual Conference, June 20, 2014: “Jesus, the Big Questions (pdf), and United Methodist Higher Education: He Died to Take Away Our Sins. Not Our Minds.”
- 2014 Western North Carolina Annual Conference, Opening Worship Service of Holy Communion, June 19, 2014: “We May Be a Little Crazy, But Here We Are Again (pdf)“
- 2014 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Service of Ordination, June 2, 2014: “Are You Out of Your Mind? (doc)“
- 2014 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, June 1, 2014: “Christianity is a Full Time Job (doc)“
- Announcement of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program (pdf), June 20, 2013, Remarks by President West
- Remarks to Huntingdon College Board of Trustees at the Launch of the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, May 12, 2011: “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses (pdf)“
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You have found a special place, where Faith, Wisdom, and Service are the hallmarks of the Huntingdon College tradition. Huntingdon College, founded in 1854 as a College of the United Methodist Church, serves the people of Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, the Southeast, and beyond. We offer a mind-broadening liberal arts education that welcomes students to learn and to grow in an atmosphere nurturing each student’s faith and intellect. Whether you are returning to this site as a former visitor, or visiting as a friend, alumna/us, former student, parent, or prospective student, we invite you to learn more about the Huntingdon College of today.
Welcome to a college that changes lives. Huntingdon faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students find what they are called to do with their lives by identifying and strengthening their knowledge, skills, talents, and abilities. Here, you will discover what you have to offer the world, as well as what the world offers to and needs of you. The College’s motto, engraved above the entrance to Flowers Hall, serves as our guiding statement: “Enter to Grow in Wisdom, Go Forth to Apply Wisdom in Service.”
Although the website can provide you with important information about Huntingdon College, there are two things it can’t quite capture: the beauty of our campus and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The best way to know Huntingdon is to visit. Stroll through the Green, where, on warm, sunny days, students will sit with a good book or with their laptop computers (provided upon enrollment). Buildings of Collegiate Gothic architecture surround the Green in a campus that is sparkling with life and with opportunities. Huntingdon is a comfortable place where every student is known and where relationships with faculty, staff, and students form lifetime bonds. A mission of Faith, Wisdom, and Service; deep and lasting traditions; vibrant student life programs; nationally recognized academic programs; and award-winning athletics are all part of Huntingdon College.
Huntingdon College is a transforming experience. Whether you are looking at the College for the first time or Huntingdon has been a part of your history, please come for a visit. We look forward to welcoming you.
Faithfully your president,