Office of the President

Douglas Palmer

Welcome to Culver-Stockton College.

"I am honored to serve at the oldest institution west of the Mississippi River founded specifically for the education of both men and women. Higher education is critical to provide the skills and values necessary to lead in our rapidly changing economy, civic society and communities. Culver-Stockton's tradition of providing access to students who were not able to attend other colleges is a history to which I enjoy contributing. We are committed to ensuring that a values-based, liberal arts education is available to any student who wants to benefit from the close-knit community and high-quality academics that Culver-Stockton has to offer.”  —Douglas B. Palmer, President

Dr. Douglas B. Palmer began his duties as the 27th president of Culver-Stockton College on July 1, 2020. 

Before coming to Culver-Stockton, Dr. Palmer served as provost, vice president of academic affairs and dean at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, since 2015. He was responsible for academics, including two doctoral programs, enrollment management, retention, assessment and institutional effectiveness, the library, the academic resource center, advising, experiential learning, career services and accreditation. He also was secretary for the Board of Trustees and he was acting president for a portion of 2018 during a medical leave of the president.

Palmer started at Walsh in August 2005 as a professor of history. Only one year later, he was the chair of the humanities division, and he became the executive director of global learning in January 2012.

Dr. Palmer, who grew up in Pittsburgh, holds a doctorate in European history from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in modern European history from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2001-02, and he was a research fellow at the Emory University School of Law in 2004-05.

He also served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C., from 1989 to 1993. Both Dr. Palmer and his wife, Cathy, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa. Together they have three sons — Theo, Charlie and Jack. Dr. Palmer enjoys running and fly fishing in his free time.