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Culver-Stockton College Inaugurates Dr. Lauren B. Schellenberger as their 28th President

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April 11th would see Culver-Stockton College inaugurate Dr. Schellenberger as their 28th President and only second female president in the institutes illustrious history.

Dr. Schellenberger will suceed President Dr. Douglas Palmer as she looks to guide the college into the future. Dr. Schellenberger has been apart of Culver-Stockton College since 2008 when she would accept the position of assistant professor of biology. Soon she would become the Chair of the Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and later the Chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences Division.

In 2018, she was appointed the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and in 2021 she would become the College’s first Provost. In July of 2023 she was voted unanimously as the 28th president by the Board of Trustees. Dr. Schellenberger is the first female president since President Kelly Thompson would step down in 2020. In her time she has worked with

However with closings of institutes such as Iowa-Wesleyan and now Fontbonne. It shows the challenges that lay ahead for the new president as small midwestern institutes struggle to stay a float. But she must also work to keep Culver-Stockton caught up to many bigger colleges and universities. However with these challenges ahead she has shown the strength and determination to be able to overcome said challenges.

The inauguration took part in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center. Chairman of the Board H.B. Turner would welcome students, alumni, and guests. Canton Mayor Sharon Upchurch would congratulate the new president and discussed the strong history between Canton and Culver-Stockton.

Dr. Schellenberger would be given the presidential medallion and would give her remarks. She is excited for the future of the College. She would even give insight into her plans to move forward.


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