Dr. Kelly Thompson will be the 26th president of Culver Stockton College.

Dr. Thompson will be the first woman president of Culver Stockton. She comes from Barton College in Wilson North Carolina where she has served as Vice President for External Relations since 2008. Thompson holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania and other degrees including a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from the University of Illinois.

Thompson replaces Richard Valentine as president effective July 1.