Senior Administration

President J. Cameron West

Message from the President

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Huntingdon College Board of Trustees

Board Officers

  • The Honorable Leura Garrett Canary ’78, Chairman
  • Ms. Katrina R. Keefer ’95, Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Mark Colson ’07, Secretary

Board Members

  • Ms. Jane Howell Allen ’75, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Glenda A. Allred ’91, Montgomery, Ala.
  • The Honorable James H. Anderson ’76, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. G. Carlton Barker ’70, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Preston B. Barnett Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
  • Dr. Sanders M. Benkwith, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Dave G. Borden, Pine Level, Ala.
  • The Honorable Leura Garrett Canary ’78, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Dr. C. Richard Chappell, Huntsville, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. Tyler Christiansen, Vestavia Hills, Ala.
  • The Reverend Sherill Clontz, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Mr. H. David Cobb, Montgomery, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dale Cohen, Florence, Ala.
  • Mr. Mark Colson ’07, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Whit Colvin, Birmingham, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. Jay D. Cooper, Montgomery, Ala.
  • The Reverend Ashley Davis, Montgomery, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. Kenneth A. Dunivant, Northport, Ala.
  • Ms. Louisa Moore Elmore ’84, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Mr. Frederick A. Frost ’81, Katy, Texas
  • Mr. Walker Garrett ’07, Columbus, Ga.
  • Bishop David W. Graves, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Andrew Harrell ’11, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Wanda A. Howard ’81, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Reverend Dr. Clinton Hubbard, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Mr. David Hudson Jr. ’81, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Ms. Katrina R. Keefer ’95, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • The Reverend Emily Duett Kincaid ’06, Orange Beach, Ala.
  • The Reverend Dr. Geoffrey Lentz, Cantonment, Fla.
  • Ms. Mary Virginia Mandell, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Ms. Beverly Gordy McKinney ’70, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Dr. Lawrence U. McLemore ’04, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Mat Pope ’88, Fairhope, Ala.
  • Mr. Joe D. Read ’88, Dothan, Ala.
  • Ms. Emilie Reid, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Suzie Wendland Rhodes ’80, Autaugaville, Ala.
  • Dr. Celia S. Rudolph ’80, Muscle Shoals, Ala.
  • Mr. Robert E. Seibels III, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Couey Smithart ’86, Union Springs, Ala.
  • Mr. Anthony Stallworth ’78, Rutledge, Ala.
  • Mr. J. Blake Toole ’07, Homewood, Ala.
  • Mr. W. Kendrick Upchurch III, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, Birmingham, Ala.
  • The Reverend Gillian Lisenby Walters ’08, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
  • Dr. Laurie Jean Weil, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. William B. Wilson ’90, Pike Road, Ala.

Emeriti Board Members

  • Mr. Robert Howard Adams, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ms. Lucinda Samford Cannon, Opelika, Ala.
  • Ms. Betty T. McMahon ’64, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Dr. Eugene E. Stanaland ’60, Auburn, Ala.

Life Board Members

  • Dr. Charles G. Tomberlin ’60, Opp, Ala.

Ex Officio Board Members

  • Dr. Anthony J. Leigh, Montgomery, Ala.

Chapel Window exterior photo

Senior Administration

President’s Executive Council

  • J. Cameron West, B.A., M.Div., Th.M. President, 2003
  • Jay A. Dorman, B.S., C.P.A Executive Vice President and Treasurer, 1992
  • Anthony J. Leigh, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. Senior Vice President for Student and Institutional Development, 2009
  • Sarah C. Sours, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, 2013
  • Christopher W. Clark, B.A., M.B.A., J.D. Vice President for Risk Management and College Diversity and Inclusion Officer; In-House Counsel, 2009
  • Belinda Goris Duett, B.A., M.P.A. Vice President for Financial Services and Reporting, 1999
  • Stephanie Hicks, B.S., M.S. Vice President for Admission, 2004
  • Anneliese H. Spaeth, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Vice President for Technology, 2012
  • Eric Levanda, B.S. Director of Athletics, 2006
  • Meghan E. Bridges, B.A. Corporation Secretary and Director, Office of the President, 2011

Academic Officers

Administrative Officers

  • Rhett Butler, B.A. M.Div, Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Ministries and College Chaplain, 2016
  • Laura Brelsford, B.A., M.A.. Assistant Vice President for Alumni Advancement and Engagement, 2016
  • Laura H. Duncan, B.A., M.P.A. Vice President for Auxiliary Services, 1994
  • Kathleen Penney, B.A., M.A., and Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Students for Residential Communities and Community Standards, 2015
  • Bria I. Rochelle-Stephens, B.A., M.Div. Vice President for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Director of the Presidential Fellows Program, 2021
  • Sidney J. Stubbs, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Vice President for Institutional Research, Records, and Accreditation, 1988
  • Catherine A. Wolfe, B.S. Assistant Vice President of Development Operations, 2001

President J. Cameron West

President J. Cameron West at Baccalaureate 2014
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:

Presidential Convocation photo

Presidential Convocation 2016

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 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 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

Teaching photo

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

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.

The Wests

West Family in 2017

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

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

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