Dr. Lauren Schellenberger President of Culver-Stockton College

Dr. Lauren Schellenberger is serving the College as the 28th President and is committed to preparing students to become leaders in a dynamic world. Committed to equipping students with broader proficiencies of intellectual curiosity, creativity, problem-solving, and intercultural competence, Dr. Schellenberger is leading the way to mold a new generation of outstanding Wildcats. The experience on "the Hill" shapes Culver-Stockton students for a lifetime. Interactions in and out of the classroom lead to successful alumni in the workplace and the community.


As the College President, Dr. Schellenberger’s responsibility is to lead the campus community and develop the culture to direct the College’s mission and vision. She supervises and organizes senior level affairs, coordinates the strategic plan, and provides guidance for the future of C-SC.


Schellenberger began her career at C-SC as an Assistant Professor of Biology while completing her Ph.D. in Biology Education at Purdue University; she has extensive experience in research, teaching, and industry. A natural leader, Schellenberger has served on and chaired countless committees since joining C-SC. Administratively, Schellenberger has served the College in executive leadership roles since 2018 and was named the College's first Provost in 2021 before transitioning to her first presidential role at C-SC.


Schellenberger received her bachelor’s degree in crop science-plant protection from the University of Illinois in 2001. She obtained her master’s degree in botany and plant pathology in 2003 and completed her doctorate in biology education in 2009, both from Purdue University.

Culver-Stockton College is a place where students of promise experience transformational growth through a distinctive curriculum and outstanding opportunities for student leadership and engagement. This institution has changed students’ lives for the better for the past 170 years, and it is my honor to lead the College as we further our mission.

– Dr. Lauren Schellenberger



Culver-Stockton College Strategic Plan

Guided by our mission, Culver-Stockton College is committed to “Fulfilling Our Promise to Students of Promise.” The College’s mission will model the future achievements of the institution and the students we are educating with an emphasis on seven key areas:

  • Mission and Values
  • Sustainability in Enrollment and Finances
  • National Recognition in Experiential Learning
  • Community Engagement as Leaders in the Midwest
  • Excellence in co- and extra-curricular student life
  • Workforce Ready Graduates for the 21st Century
  • Wildcats leading in a global community

Culver-Stockton College recognizes the need for workforce-ready professionals and is committed to preparing students to be successful, balanced, and innovative leaders in a dynamic world. Through hands-on learning and diverse experiences, as purposefully outlined by our strategic plan, we will catapult learning into the next chapter at Culver-Stockton College.

The Opportunity: Culver-Stockton College will excel as an institution serving students of promise with a commitment that any student with a sincere desire for a values-based education as part of a community of learners will have the opportunity to do so. We will ensure that pathways for students are not limited to traditional ages or demographics but extend to all students regardless of background. We will similarly offer a unique educational experience that places the student at the center of learning, becoming leaders in our discipline, setting high standards for students while providing them transitional paths towards achieving and surpassing those standards. Our co-curricular, extra-curricular, and facilities will reflect a commitment to excellence. Culver-Stockton College’s reputation as a forward-thinking and innovative institution will be firmly established with stakeholders in the Tri-State and beyond.