Senior Administration

President J. Cameron West

Message from the President

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Huntingdon College Board of Trustees, 2020-2021

  • 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
    Trustee Emeritus
    Vice President; Capital Veneer Works Inc.; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. John N. Albritton Jr.
    Trustee Emeritus
    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
    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; 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
    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
    Superintendent; Dothan District, 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; Eclectic, 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; Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development; Kapsch TrafficCom; 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.
  • The Reverend Dr. Brian Miller
    Senior Minister; Aldersgate United Methodist Church; Montgomery, Ala.
  • Mr. Mat Pope ’88
    National Alumni Board President; Senior Risk Consultant; Valent Group; 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
    Retired 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 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; 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
    Vice President, Board of Directors; 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
  • Dr. Tom Perrin, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
  • Leanne Mallory Carroll ’05, B.A., M.E., Vice President for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Director of the Huntingdon Presidential Fellows 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
  • Dr. 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
  • 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

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


  • 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.

Presidential Convocation 2016
From left: Western North Carolina Conference Bishop Paul Leeland; The Rev. J. Cameron West, president of the College; North AL Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett; The Rev. Dr. Karl K. Stegall, senior pastor emeritus, First United Methodist Church-Montgomery; and South Georgia Conference Bishop Lawson Bryan.

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.

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

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.”

The Wests

President West with, from left, Grace, Elizabeth, and William West.

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



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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