Meet President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls

Dr. MacLeod Walls joined the Jewell community in 2016 after serving in several higher education administrative positions. The daughter of Shakespeare Scholars, she grew up on a college campus and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Education and Experience

President MacLeod Walls portraitPrior to 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 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 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.