C-SC Names Schellenberger as College's First Provost

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On Thursday, April 1, 2021 Dr. Douglas Palmer, the 27th President of Culver-Stockton College, named Dr. Lauren Schellenberger as the College’s first Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Palmer stated, “We are particularly committed to student success and excellence in everything we do – from the classroom to the athletic fields to the residence halls.  Dr. Schellenberger will help the College continue to excel in offering our students a quality education at an affordable cost. I am confident that she will serve the students of Culver-Stockton College with her proven experience and innovation in education.  We are blessed to have Dr. Schellenberger as part of our campus community.”

Appointing Schellenberger to this position will assist C-SC in meeting their goals of enhancing curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students of promise at Culver-Stockton College. Schellenberger expressed joy when reflecting on this recent naming,  “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the College as our first provost and am especially excited to work with The Office of Student Life as we develop an even more unique and valuable student experience on “the Hill!” In addition to her leadership responsibilities, the provost will work to create a unified vision and implement strategies to boost the entire student experience, aiding in retention, student success, student satisfaction and achievement of learning outcomes. 

Schellenberger most recently served as Dean of the College in addition to her role as Vice President for Academic Affairs. She joined the C-SC faculty in the fall of 2008 as an assistant professor of biology, earning tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2014, before becoming the chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences division. 

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. 

Since 2010, Schellenberger along with colleague Dr. Scott Giltner, has led more than 100 students in study abroad courses to Belize and Guatemala. She helped establish an ongoing relationship with a school in Belize and a children’s program in Guatemala. The students she accompanied have completed service projects at these locations and have raised funds for school supplies and scholarships. 

Currently treasurer of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Schellenberger has spoken in Bogota, Colombia, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She served as a member of the Canton Branch of the American Association of University Women since 2009, at one time serving as Vice President. Schellenberger holds memberships in the Canton Area Arts Council, City of Canton Tree Board and is an active member of the community. She resides in Canton with her husband Steve and their two sons.