John W. Stewart III

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John Wesley Stewart III (born 1952 in Southern Delaware) is the 15th president of the University of Montevallo, inaugurated on October 14, 2010.

Stewart earned his bachelor's degree in history from Wake Forest University and a master's in English from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. He worked for his family's pipeline contracting business before moving to Hattiesburg, Mississippi so that his son could attend a special school for the hearing impaired. He took a teaching post at William Carey University in 1997, and completed a PhD in English at the University of Southern Mississippi with a focus on African/Caribbean and Harlem Renaissance literature in 2003.

For the next two years, Stewart served as vice president for development at William Carey Univeristy. After leaving Mississippi, Stewart served as director of capital giving at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He was vice president for institutional advancement for Flagler College in St Augustine, Florida from 2005 until he was hired at Montevallo on May 15, 2010.

Stewart has three children by his first wife, and a step-son by his second, Jennifer, whom he married on July 9, 2010. Stewart is not related to the 12th president of Montevallo, John W. Stewart, who served from 1988 until 1992.

Preceded by:
Philip Williams
President of the University of Montevallo
Succeeded by:


  • "University of Montevallo trustees preparing to select new president." (March 2, 2010), Press-Register
  • Diel, Stan (March 3, 2010) "University of Montevallo trustees pick John Stewart as school's next president." Birmingham News
  • Kennedy, Veronica (October 10, 2010) "University of Montevallo President John Stewart to be inaugurated." Birmingham News