John W. Stewart

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John W. Stewart was the 12th President of the University of Montevallo, serving from 1988 until his retirement in 1992.

Stewart earned a bachelor of music degree in 1951 and a master of music education degree from Louisiana State University in 1952, and earned a doctorate of education from Florida State University in 1961. He served in the Army and conducted the 4th Army's radio broadcast from 1952 to 1954, and earned a Special Commendation at discharge.

Stewart joined the University of Montevallo faculty in 1961 as a professor of music. He was promoted to department chairman in 1963, serving in that position until 1978. He served as dean of the College of Fine Arts until his appointment as interim president in 1988. He was named president in 1989, and remained president until his retirement in 1992, and was awarded the title of president emeritus.

Stewart is a past president of the Alabama Association of College Music Administrators, the Alabama Association of Music Education Specialists, the Montevallo Rotary Club and Alabama Chapter of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. He has been a performer and soloist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and a guest conductor of the Alabama Pops Orchestra. Stewart is listed in the Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in College and University Administration.

The University named its student retreat center in honor of Stewart, who oversaw the construction of the building, completed in 1991.

Stewart is no relation to John W. Stewart III, the 15th president of Montevallo.

Preceded by:
James Vickrey
President of the University of Montevallo
Succeeded by:
Robert McChesney