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      Culver-Stockton College names first female president

      Photo courtesy of Culver-Stockton College
      A historic day for a northeast Missouri college.That's because Culver-Stockton College has announced its first female president.Dr. Kelly Thompson will become the college's 26th president.She will succeed outgoing president Richard Valentine."On behalf of the trustees, Culver-Stockton welcomes Dr. Thompson to the College," said chairman of the board Ron Leftwich '64. "We look forward to her leadership and working with her as we continue to become a stronger College focused on enhancing the Student Experience."Thompson comes to Culver from Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina where she has served as Vice President for External Relations since 2008.At Barton College, Thompson was responsible for leading and providing the strategic direction for the division of external relations, including major gift fundraising, campaign management, annual fund programs, planned giving, marketing, alumni and parent relations, admissions and financial aid. Thompson's accomplishments at Barton include raising $3.5 million for a new theatre, raising $1.6 million for a new entrance, increasing the College's net tuition revenue by $2.4 million and raising the academic profile of incoming students. She has also held leadership roles at Davenport University, National-Louis University and the National College of Education.Thompson holds an Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership from National-Louis University, a Master of Arts in communications and theater from University of Illinois-Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the University of Illinois-Champaign.She'll begin her duties July 1.