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 portraitDr. 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.


Meet our Leadership members

  • Cabinet

    Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
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    Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College and doctorate from TCU (hired 2016)

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

    Dr. Daniel Jasper
    Vice President of Academic Affairs
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    Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College; M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research (hired 2023)

    Mr. Clark Morris
    Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Executive and Artistic Director of the Harriman-Jewell Series
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    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)

    Dr. Rodney D. Smith
    Vice President for Access and Engagement
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    Bachelor of Arts from Morris Brown College; Master of Education from Tennessee State University; Doctor of Education from Tennessee State University (hired 2020)

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  • Board of Trustees

    Gary V. Ainsworth, ’82, Lexington, Massachusetts
    Gary D. Barnes, ’75, Liberty
    W. Russ Cline Jr., ’71, Lee’s Summit
    Charles N. Funk, ’76, Iowa City, Iowa
    William C. Gautreaux, ’85, Kansas City
    Steven M. Karbank, Kansas City
    Aimée G. Larrabee, Kansas City
    J. Beto Lopez, Lee’s Summit
    Patrick J. McCown, Overland Park, Kansas
    David F. Oliver, Kansas City
    W. Keith Pence, Leawood, Kansas
    David Powell, ’80, Houston, Texas
    Sarah Fidler Rowland, Kansas City
    Angela Andresen Smart, Fairway, Kansas
    Antwaun Smith, Columbia
    Bradley N. Sprong, ’86, Overland Park, Kansas
    Qiana F. Thomason, Overland Park, Kansas
    David Warm, Kansas City
    Diane E. H. Webber, ’81, Alexandria, Virginia
    Todd E. White, ’85, Kansas City

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  • Advisory Trustees

    William A. Hall, Kansas City
    Jonathan M. Kemper, Kansas City
    Helmar E. Nielsen, ’58, St. Petersburg, Florida
    William D. Snyder, ’62, Manhattan, Kansas
    Maurice A. Watson, Kansas City

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  • Trustees Emeriti

    Julius J. Anderson, Jr., ’71, Naples, Florida
    Robert A. Bernstein, Kansas City
    Susan Chambers, ’90, Bella Vista, Arkansas
    Edward D. Douglas, Chillicothe
    William E. Dreyer, ’60, San Antonio, Texas
    Robert Gengelbach, ’69, Plano, Texas
    John R. Gill, ’79, Kansas City
    Eileen L. Houston-Stewart, ’79, St. Joseph
    Burnell Landers, ’60, Kearney
    Ollie Malone, Jr., ’75, Coppell, Texas
    Karen M. Mathes, '80, Liberty, Missouri
    James W. McCrossen, Overland Park, Kansas
    James K. Pierce, ’66, Lake Jackson, Texas
    W. Edward Place, ’82, Kansas City
    Fred H. Pryor, ’56, Paradise Valley, Arizona
    Linda J. Roos, ’68, St. Louis
    Dianne C. Shumaker, ’66, Overland Park, Kansas
    Joy L. Steincross, Kansas City
    John F. White, ’67, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
    Thomas R. Willard, ’76, Mission Hills, Kansas
    Richard Wright, Jr., ’78, Mission Hills, Kansas
    Craig Zahnd, ’89, Overland Park, Kansas

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