Meet President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls


President MacLeod Walls portraitDr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls has served as the fifteenth President of William Jewell College since 2016. She previously served in numerous academic and senior leadership roles, most recently as Dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. MacLeod Walls earned her Ph.D. in English Literature and Classical Rhetoric (highest distinction) from TCU and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History (Phi Beta Kappa) at Hiram College. She also is an alumna of numerous higher education leadership programs, including the Harvard New Presidents Program, the Harvard Management and Leadership in Education Program, ACE Women’s Leadership Program and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Programs.

Dr. MacLeod Walls nurtures a strong belief in higher education as a component of civic vitality, which is why she serves on the Boards of the Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas City Area Development Council, the Liberty Economic Development Council, the KC Rising Steering Committee, and the Keystone Community Corporation overseeing Kansas City’s burgeoning Innovation Hub. Dr. MacLeod Walls is married to Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls and is the proud mother of two sons, Alec and John.