The Vision for Jewell's Future

Jewell's leaders support our mission, uphold our values and help us think the world forward.

Leadership and Mission

William Jewell College is governed by a Board of Trustees, with day-to-day oversight by the president and members of the cabinet. Our leadership groups work closely together, planning for the future of the College and securing Jewell's vision.

Our Mission

We educate our community to ask reflective questions, apply critical thought and act with purpose.


Our Values

We flourish by valuing:

Authentic Engagement
Courageous Citizenship
Creative Expression
Inclusive Communities
Innovative Thought
Spiritual Exploration


Strategic Plan

Jewell's Leadership team outlined its vision for the College in this Strategic Plan 2023.

President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls

President MacLeod Walls portraitBefore joining Jewell in 2016, Dr. MacLeod Walls served in academic and senior leadership roles at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Bryan College of Health Sciences in Lincoln, Neb. She 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. 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.

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.

Vested in the Community and the Arts
President MacLeod Walls is passionate about Liberty and Kansas City and believes Jewell is blessed to be a part of such thriving communities. She is active in a number of civic organizations, including the KC Rising Steering Committee; the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Board, as well as the Executive Women’s Leadership Council and the CEO Roundtable sponsored by the Chamber; Kansas City Area Economic Development Council; Liberty Economic Development Council; and Liberty Chamber of Commerce. An accomplished musician, Dr. MacLeod Walls was pleased to have served as a Trustee on Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra Board and, now, to support the Harriman-Jewell Series, which is a flagship Kansas City performing arts program soon to be in its 54th season at William Jewell.

At Home on The Hill
A Clay County Historic Landmark built in 1904, the John Priest Greene President's Home has served as the family residence for many of Jewell’s presidents, including Dr. MacLeod Walls and her family. She is blessed to be the mother of two sons, Alec and John Walls, and spouse to Rev. Dr. Craig MacLeod Walls.


Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls

Jewell's 15th President

In September 2017, Dr. MacLeod Walls was inaugurated in a campus ceremony. She began serving as president in June 2016.

Meet our Leadership members

  • Cabinet

    Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
    816-415-5026 |
    Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College and doctorate from TCU (hired 2016)

    Mr. Eric Blair
    Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing
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    Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College and Master's of Public Administration from Park University (hired 2019)

    Dr. Anne C. Dema
    Provost and Professor of Chemistry
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    Bachelor of Science degree from Pittsburg State University and doctorate from Vanderbilt University (hired 1993)

    Mr. Joseph Garcia
    Vice President for Finance and Operations/Chief Financial Officer
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    Bachelor of Science degree from University of Arizona; Master of Business Administration degree from University of Central Oklahoma; Executive Master's in Leadership from Georgetown University (hired 2020)

    Mr. Daniel Holt
    Associate Vice President for Institutional Strategy
    (816) 415-5977 |
    Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Missouri; Master of Business Administration degree from University of Phoenix (hired 2004)

    Mr. Clark Morris
    Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive and Artistic Director of the Harriman-Jewell Series
    816-415-5997 |
    Bachelor of Arts degree from William Jewell College, Master of Business Administration degree from Mid-America Nazarene University, graduate of the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders in the Arts at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (hired 1990)

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  • Board of Trustees

    Gary V. Ainsworth, ’82, Lexington, Mass.
    Gary D. Barnes, ’75, Liberty
    Brian G. Carney, ’96, Bixby, Okla.
    W. Russ Cline Jr., ’71, Lee’s Summit
    Melisa A. Essig, ’89, Kearney
    William C. Gautreaux, ’85, Kansas CIty
    Jason L. Houseworth, ’96, Olathe, Kan.
    Steven M. Karbank, Kansas City
    Jason O. Klumb, ’90, Kansas City
    Aimée G. Larrabee, Kansas City
    Patrick J. McCown, Overland Park, Kan.
    David F. Oliver, Kansas City
    W. Keith Pence, Leawood, Kan.
    Sarah Fidler Rowland, Kansas City
    Margo A. Shepard, Kansas City
    Angela Andresen Smart, Fairway, Kan.
    Antwaun Smith, Columbia
    Bradley N. Sprong, ’86, Overland Park, Kan.
    Qiana F. Thomason, Overland Park, Kan.
    David Warm, Kansas City
    Diane E. H. Webber, ’81, Alexandria, Va.
    Todd E. White, ’85, Kansas City, Mo.
    Vernon Williams, Overland Park, Kan.

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  • Advisory Trustees

    Jonathan M. Kemper, Kansas City
    Helmar E. Nielsen, ’58, St. Petersburg, Fla.
    William D. Snyder, ’62, Manhattan, Kansas

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  • Emeritus Trustees

    Julius J. Anderson, Jr., ’71, Naples, Fla.
    Robert A. Bernstein, Kansas City, Mo.
    David D. Burhans, ’61, Richmond, Va.
    Edward D. Douglas, Chillicothe
    William E. Dreyer, ’60, San Antonio, Texas
    John R. Gill, ’79, Kansas City
    Eileen L. Houston-Stewart, ’79, St. Joseph
    Burnell Landers, ’60, Kearney
    Ollie Malone, Jr., ’75, Coppell, Texas
    James W. McCrossen, Overland Park, Kan.
    James K. Pierce, ’66, Lake Jackson, Texas
    W. Edward Place, ’82, Kansas City
    Fred H. Pryor, ’56, Kansas City
    Linda J. Roos, ’68, St. Louis
    Dianne C. Shumaker, ’66, Overland Park, Kan.
    Joy L. Steincross, Kansas City
    William E. Turnage, ’47, Jacksonville, Fla.
    John F. White, ’67, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
    Thomas R. Willard, ’76, Mission Hills, Kan.

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