Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls started her role as the 15th president of William Jewell College on July 1. She was selected by the Board of Trustees in February to succeed the retiring Dr. David Sallee, who ends his 16-year tenure on July 29.
Dr. MacLeod Walls has served in academic and senior leadership roles, including dean and president, at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Neb. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College with a bachelor of arts degree in English and history, and earned a Ph.D. in literature and rhetoric (highest distinction) from Texas Christian University. Dr. MacLeod Walls is an alumna of numerous higher education leadership programs, including the ACE Women’s Leadership Forum, Harvard Seminars on Leadership and the Presidency, and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
Passionate about the intersections among literature, history, rhetoric, and women’s writing, she is the co-author of three books and several refereed articles on women’s writing, British modernism, and rhetoric. Dr. MacLeod Walls is an accomplished musician, having performed competitively on the piano and cello throughout her youth, and most recently served as a trustee on Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Board. Her advocacy for education led her to serve as founding co-chair of the Lincoln Public Schools Family Literacy Advisory Committee and to be an active member of the ICAN Executive Women’s Forum in Omaha, Neb. Read her full bio.
Named 40 under 40 by the Lincoln Journal Star in 2012, Dr. MacLeod Walls is among the youngest college presidents in the country. She is moving to the Jewell campus with her husband, Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls, and their sons, Alec and John Walls.