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Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, 2019–2020
- Chairman: Ms. Leura Garrett Canary ’78
Attorney; Retirement Systems of Alabama; Montgomery, Ala.
- Vice Chairman: Ms. Katrina Keefer ’95
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer, AU Health Systems; Augusta, University; Augusta, Ga.
- Secretary: Ms. Betty T. McMahon ’64
Civic Leader; Birmingham, Ala.
- Mr. Robert Howard Adams
Vice President; Capital Veneer Works Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. John N. Albritton Jr.
Retired Banker; Montgomery, Ala.
- Ms. Glenda A. Allred ’91
Deputy Finance Director; State of Alabama, Finance Department; 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
Shareholder, Consultant; Aldridge, Borden, & Co. PC; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. P. Lawrence Bryars
Lead Pastor; Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. John C. Bullard Sr.
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; 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.
- Mr. Mark Colson ’07
President, Alabama Trucking Association; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Jay D. Cooper
Trustee Advisory Member
Senior Minister; First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Lee H. Copeland
Attorney; Copeland, Franco, Screws, & Gill PA; 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 Chemical Corporation; Katy, Texas
- The Reverend Dr. Edward R. Glaize ’85
District Superintendent; Alabama-West Florida District Office; Dothan, Ala.
- Bishop David W. Graves
Bishop; Alabama-West Florida Conference; The United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Nancy Hastings Hornsby
Clergy; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Ms. Wanda A. Howard ’81
Project Manager; Atlanta, Ga.
- Mr. David Hudson Jr. ’81
President and Owner; Dixie Pulp & Paper Inc.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Ms. Jennifer B. Kendrick ’92
National Alumni Board Representative; Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development; Kapsch TrafficCom; Atlanta, Ga.
- Dr. G. Mark Kingry Jr. ’87
Orthodontist; Kingry Orthodontics; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Emily Dueitt Kincaid ’06
Trustee Advisory Member
Executive Minister; Orange Beach United Methodist Church; Orange Beach, Ala.
- Ms. Beverly Gordy McKinney ’70
Civic Leader; Montgomery, Ala.
- Dr. Lawrence U. McLemore ’04
Head of School; St. James School; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Brian Miller
Senior Minister; Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
- Mr. Mat Pope ’88
National Alumni Board President; Vice President of Sales; Palomar Insurance Corporation; Montgomery, Ala.
- The Reverend Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon
Pastor; First United Methodist Church of Panama City; Panama City, Fla.
- Mr. Joe Dewitt Read ’88
Executive Sales Professional; Dothan, Ala.
- Ms. Suzie Wendland Rhodes ’80
Diversified Business Owner; Autaugaville, Ala.
- Dr. Celia S. Rudolph ’80
Educator; 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 Dr. 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
President; Gene Stanaland Enterprises; Auburn, Ala.
- Mr. David F. Steele
Attorney; 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
North Alabama Conference Trustee; The United Methodist Church; Owens Cross Roads, 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
- Dr. Tom Perrin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
- Anthony J. Leigh, B.A., M.A., Ed. D., Senior Vice President for Student and Institutional Development
- Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05, B.A., M.E., Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of the Huntingdon Presidential Fellows Program
- Su Ofe, B.F.A., M.A., Vice President for Marketing and Communications
- Sidney J. Stubbs, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Research and Accreditation
- Fran Taylor, B.S., M.E., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
- 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 VP for Financial Services & Reporting
President J. Cameron West
- 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 165-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 Boards of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts (MABCA), and a member of the Duke Divinity School Board of Visitors. President West 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. Other summer leadership programs for high school students, established in 2017, are the Huntingdon Health Sciences Academy and the Huntingdon Economic and Community Development Scholars Program.
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. Eleven homes have been purchased and renovated on College Court, Woodley Terrace, and Fairview Avenue, for use as junior and senior leadership housing and sorority/fraternity chapter housing. The fully-renovated, 10-acre Cloverdale Campus was dedicated in November 2015. The W. James Samford Jr. Soccer and Softball Complex and the Huntingdon Bands Rehearsal Hall were completed and opened in academic year 2017–18.
On May 24, 2018, the Board of Trustees completed an 18-month long-range strategic planning process by adopting a plan, “Building Great Lives,” to chart the College’s future program and capital expansion from 2018 through 2023.
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. At Huntingdon, she enjoys her friendships with students, faculty, and staff as a trip leader for Huntingdon Plan travel/study. Grace 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. William is a 2018 graduate of Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was a Charles E. Daniel Scholar. He is serving an internship at the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), Asheville, North Carolina. In April 2019 he will begin serving an internship at Gaining Ground Farm, Leicester, North Carolina.
Speeches and Sermons
- Presidential Inaugural Address, April 4, 2004
- 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
- Remarks to the Alabama-West Florida Conference, Bishop Graves, June 2019
- Chapel Sermon, “Savior of the Invisible,” October 18, 2017
- 2014 Western North Carolina Annual Conference, June 20, 2014: “Jesus, the Big Questions, 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“
- 2014 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference Service of Ordination, June 2, 2014: “Are You Out of Your Mind?“
- 2014 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference, June 1, 2014: “Christianity is a Full Time Job“
- Announcement of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program, 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“
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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,