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.
We educate our community to ask reflective questions, apply critical thought and act with purpose.
We flourish by valuing:
Jewell's Leadership team outlined its vision for the College in this Strategic Plan 2023.
President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls serves as the fifteenth President of William Jewell College. Before joining Jewell in 2016, she served in numerous academic and senior leadership roles in higher education, most recently as Dean of University College at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. MacLeod Walls is the author of numerous refereed books and articles, and 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 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. She currently serves on the Board of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and is active in higher education leadership and advocacy.
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.