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Dr. Fletcher Lamkin

Dr. Fletcher Lamkin

President Westminster College
 Washington West
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Dr. Fletcher Lamkin returned to Westminster College in July 2017 as its 22nd President with record accomplishments from his last three presidencies. His leadership goals include boosting enrollment and retention, establishing strong connections with alumni, and building a private college business model that will take Westminster to new heights of success. 

 During Dr. Lamkin's previous tenure at Westminster (2000-2007), the College enjoyed record fundraising and enrollment and a significant improvement in campus and facilities. Westminster experienced record growth for four straight years and successfully completed a capital campaign that raised $80 million—a record for private colleges of Westminster's size in Missouri at that time. Endowed chairs and scholarships continually increased, and the campus was physically transformed with the addition of important new facilities and the renovation of the National Churchill Museum into a state-of-the-art exhibition. Alumni giving rose from 18% to almost 40%, placing Westminster in the top 60 nationally for alumni giving for colleges of its size. 

 President Lamkin comes back to Westminster after a successful presidency at West Virginia University at Parkersburg (2015-2017) where he instituted successful new programs that boosted enrollment and enabled the first faculty pay raises in years. Previously, he served as President of Kansas Wesleyan University. 

 Before coming to Westminster the first time, President Lamkin was Dean of the Academic Board of West Point, where he tripled the number of civilian faculty, quadrupled externally funded research, and enhanced the Academy's connection to the academic community while playing a major fund raising role. While at West Point, he served as a department head and as Vice Dean prior to becoming West Point's 10th Dean. He retired from the Army as a Brigadier General to become President of Westminster in 2000. 

 A career Army officer in the U.S. Army from 1964-2000, President Lamkin comes from a family with over a century of military service. His command and staff positions were battery command in Vietnam, battalion operations officer in Korea, and battalion command in Germany. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (six awards), Air Medal (five awards), Army Commendation Medal, and Army Achievement Medal. 

 President Lamkin holds a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a Master of Science degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies from Salve Regina College, and a Doctor of philosophy from the University of Washington. 

 He is married to Cindy Dunstan Lamkin, an accomplished musician and professor with extensive experience in academe, having built and directed music programs in higher education for more than 20 years. 

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