William L. Fox '75
William L. Fox ’75 became the 18th president and a senior lecturer in history at his undergraduate alma mater on July 1, 2009, after serving as president and senior lecturer in philosophy, religion and history at Culver-Stockton College 2003-2009. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in 1978 and the Ph.D. in American religious history from George Washington University in 1989. He is a native of Washington, DC.
As a scholar, President Fox has published three books: a study of Harvard theologian Willard L. Sperry (1991), the award-winning Valley of the Craftsmen (2001) and Lodge of the Double-Headed Eagle: Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry (1999). He was also the founding and general editor of a 10-volume book series in church history and a former faculty member at Claremont Theological School, Montgomery College, Howard University and Goucher College.
As St. Lawrence’s president, Dr. Fox has focused on financial planning to achieve best efficiencies for the benefit of the St. Lawrence student body. Through a two-year, campus-wide Strategic Mapping process, he has encouraged the Laurentian community to consider curricular and co-curricular innovations, to strengthen and communicate more widely the St. Lawrence story of accomplishment and value, and to continue investments in the St. Lawrence campus, in its faculty and staff, and in its alumni advocates. The University's Strategic Map that will guide its future was created in an inclusive process involving faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni, and community members. One of the goals of the Strategic Map, a Facilities Master Plan, supports a current construction project for a 155-bed new residence hall.
President Fox has had a national voice through published essays in Inside Higher Education, Best Practices in Higher Education and The Huffington Post, and broadcast media such as WAMC and WPBS. In recognition of his leadership in higher education, The Council of Independent Colleges elected him to its Board of Trustees in January 2011. He also serves as a team leader for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
President Fox's installation took place during the fall Board of Trustees weekend in October 2009.
President Fox is married to Lynn Smith Fox. Please read Mrs. Fox's biography here. The Foxes have one daughter, Hallie, a graduate of Middlebury College (’09) and Stanford University (’13) who works in K-12 education.