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Session Leader

Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar
University of Lynchburg

Session: "Becoming the Leaders of Tomorrow"

On August 1, 2020, Alison Morrison-Shetlar became the 11th President at the University of Lynchburg. Morrison-Shetlar came to the University of Lynchburg from Western Carolina University where she was Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. While leading Western Carolina’s academic program through a time of expansion, she also served in other capacities — including 18 months as Interim Chancellor and nine months as Interim Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Engagement.


Her accomplishments at Western Carolina include implementation of the NC Promise Tuition plan; development of innovative new academic programs; completion of a successful, comprehensive fundraising campaign; and management of the campus through a period of constant construction and growth in the student body.


She also has held leadership roles as Dean of Elon College of Arts and Sciences at Elon University, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Central Florida, and Director of Faculty Development at Georgia Southern University.


Morrison-Shetlar brings a wealth of international experience to the presidential post. A native of Scotland, Morrison-Shetlar earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and a Doctorate in Biomedical Science from Dundee College of Technology (now Abertay University).


She was the founding chair of the Molecular Biology unit at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, Germany, and a teacher-scholar at Bochum University in Bochum, Germany, and at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London.