William L. Fox ’75 became 18th president and senior lecturer in history of 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.
As a scholar, President Fox has authored three books: a study of Harvard theologian Willard L. Sperry (1991), Lodge of the Double-Headed Eagle: Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry (1999) and the award-winning Valley of the Craftsmen (2001). He is the founding and general editor of the 10-volume Series in Church History (New York: Peter Lang Publishing), released between 1995 and 2008. He has written numerous articles and reviews for scholarly journals.
His faculty experience includes an appointment at Howard University School of Divinity; service as associate professor of philosophy and history at Montgomery College in Maryland; and teaching history at Goucher. President Fox was senior lecturer in philosophy, religion and history at Culver-Stockton. While leading a church in California, he was adjunct professor of church history at the Claremont School of Theology and president of the Clinebell Institute, a counseling and training center for eastern Los Angeles County. He has offered courses in History of Religion in America 1500-1900, Religious Thought and Experience in American Culture, History of Christianity: Patristic and Medieval Eras, History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern Eras, and Early and Colonial America: Puritanism and American Culture.