Businessman, philanthropist, and Chairman of the Culver-Stockton College Board of Trustees, Ronald ‘Ron’ Leftwich graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in business and economics. In recognition of his many contributions to the Culver-Stockton College community, he has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2008), was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters (2013) and was inducted into the Order of the Founders Circle (2018).
Leftwich enjoyed a fruitful career with Shell Oil Company, where he served in 25 unique positions over the course of 38.5 years before his retirement as Treasurer. His various assignments within the company allowed him to travel the world- with visits to all 50 states, Brazil, China, West Africa, Syria, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and many other countries.
Actively involved in his community of Houston, TX, Leftwich has volunteered with such organizations as Junior Achievement, the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and more. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 1990 and, in his capacity as a board member and chairman of the board, has been instrumental in the financial growth of the institution through two strategic plans, an overhaul of the budgeting process, and capital campaign planning.
A lifetime educator, Leftwich enjoys sharing his business knowledge in classes, seminars, workshops, and programs offered to employees, K-12 and college students, and corporate organizations. His business savvy and strong affinity for Culver-Stockton College sparked the development of the Business Leadership Exchange, which brings experts and innovators from the corporate world to the C-SC campus annually. Leftwich enjoys interacting with students in the classroom at Culver-Stockton. He shared, “The main reason I enjoy talking with the students is that I feel I am giving something back to the college. I was fortunate to have had a wonderful career with Shell Oil and the opportunity to see the world. So, it’s just my way of sharing my experiences with the students.”