Senior Administration

President J. Cameron West

Message from the President

Find Your College Home

Get to know Huntingdon. Talk to students. Have lunch in the DH. Sit in on a class. Talk with a professor. Meet a coach. We’ll design the best visit we can for you. This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, 2021-2022

  • Chairman: Ms. Leura Garrett Canary ’78
    Retired Attorney; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Vice Chairman: Ms. Katrina R. Keefer ’95
    Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer, AU Health Systems; Augusta, University; Augusta, Ga.
  • Secretary: Mr. Mark Colson ’07
    President; Alabama Trucking Association; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Robert Howard Adams
    Trustee Emeritus
    Vice President; Capital Veneer Works Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. John N. Albritton Jr.
    Trustee Emeritus
    Retired Banker; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Jane Howell Allen ’75
    National Alumni Board President; Counselor; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Glenda A. Allred ’91
    Civic Leader; Fairhope, 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.
    Trustee Emeritus
    Retired Chief Executive Officer; Bullard & Williams Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Carol Butler
    Executive Director; Mike & Gillian Goodyear Foundation; Birmingham, 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.
  • Mr. H. David Cobb II
    President and CEO; MMI Outdoor Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. 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
  • The Reverend Dr. Edward R. Glaize ’85
    Clergy; Boone United Methodist Church; Boone, N.C.
  • 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.
  • Ms. Jennifer B. Kendrick ’92
    National Alumni Board Representative; President/CEO; Kapsch TrafficCom North America; Atlanta, Ga.
  • 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. 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
    Trustee Emerita
    Civic Leader; Birmingham, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. Brian Miller
    Senior Minister; Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Joe Dewitt Read ’88
    Executive Sales Professional; 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
    Trustee Emeritus
    Retired President; Gene Stanaland Enterprises; Auburn, Ala.
  • Mr. David F. Steele
    Attorney, Steele Law, LLC; Monroeville, Ala.
  • Dr. Charles G. Tomberlin ’60
    Life Member
    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.

Chapel Window exterior photo

Senior Administration

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
  • 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; Professor of Mathematics
  • 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

President J. Cameron West at Baccalaureate 2014
Name: The Rev. J. Cameron West 
Title: President of the College
Phone Number: (334) 833-4409
Office and/or Address: Flowers Hall, Room 113

Education:

  • 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

Biography:

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.

Presidential Convocation 2016
President West with The Honorable Leura Garrett Canary '78, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Trustee Wanda A. Howard '81; Trustee Chair Emerita Dr. Laurie Jean Weil; and Trustee Emeritus Howard Adams, at the October, 2020 dedication of the Wanda A. Howard '81 Black Student Union Center.

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 teaches Dr. Kristi Copping’s Psychology of Religion and Spirituality course.

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.

The Wests

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

Departments:

President

Welcome to Huntingdon College on the Web!

President J. Cameron West

You have found a special place, where FaithWisdom, 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,

J. Cameron West

Scroll to Top
Close Menu