William Jewell names new president

Elizabeth WallsLIBERTY, Mo. (Feb. 5, 2016) — The William Jewell College Board of Trustees has selected Elizabeth MacLeod Walls as the 15th president of the college. She will succeed David Sallee, who is retiring July 31 after serving William Jewell as president since 2000. Her appointment is effective July 1.

MacLeod Walls is in her fourth year as dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University where she oversees graduate and adult education at four campuses. She previously served in administration at Bryan College of Health Sciences (Lincoln, Neb.) as director of institutional effectiveness, dean, interim president and president. Among other roles in her career, she has taught college literature courses, written numerous refereed articles, co-edited several books and consulted on accreditation, healthcare reform and continued education.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hiram College (Ohio) with a B.A in English and history. She completed a Ph.D. in literature and rhetoric, with Highest Distinction, from Texas Christian University and also completed the Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program at Harvard University.

“After conducting a national search, the Board is confident Dr. MacLeod Walls can continue the great work of President Sallee and ensure Jewell’s strength for the future,” said John Gill, chair of the Board of Trustees. “She values the traditions and academic rigor of a national liberal arts college, and she has proven success in many facets of higher education administration, including curriculum development, enrollment management, fund development, strategic planning and student services.”

A native of Lincoln, Neb., MacLeod Walls will move to Liberty this summer with her husband, Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls, and their two sons.

“It is my honor to be called to serve as the 15th president of William Jewell College,” said MacLeod Walls. “I look forward to building upon the superb legacy of Dr. David Sallee and his team, and to work with the students, Board, faculty, staff, alumni, and the larger Jewell community to fulfill the founders’ vision of transforming those who will transform the world.”

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