Alice Lloyd College has announced the transition of President Joe Stepp effective August 1, 2022. President Stepp will begin serving as chancellor at that time. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Executive Vice President Jim Stepp as President Elect.
President Joe Stepp first came to Pippa Passes in 1983 as a student services administrator, as well as athletic director and head men’s basketball coach. In 1989, he became ALC’s vice president of student services and served in this position until 1999, when he was appointed president of the college. The past 22 years have seen ALC emerge as one of the top colleges in the nation for graduating students with the least amount of debt and ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s most financially fit colleges in America. With steady and responsible leadership, President Stepp has presided over a considerable expansion of ALC’s academic program. Over the course of his years at ALC, President Stepp has helped to grow the college’s assets to $132 million, with no long-term debt. During his tenure, the endowment has increased from $12.2 million to $59 million. He has provided strong leadership, ensuring that the college stays true to its mission of providing a high-quality, character-based education, rooted in Judeo-Christian values, to Appalachian students.
Dr. Jim Stepp is in his 37th year on Caney Creek and has served in a vice-president capacity for over 22 years. During his tenure, the college has realized record financial support and capacity enrollment. As head of Institutional Advancement, President-Elect Stepp has initiated the implementation and maintenance of multiple new projects that have contributed to the college’s consistently high national rankings and stellar reputation in the higher education community. He has overseen the development of the college’s Entrepreneurial Program, Strategic Growth Program, and Educational Attainment Initiative. Over the past eight years, he has helped raise over $84 million for scholarships, buildings, and endowment and secured the largest grant in the college’s history from an individual.
“Joe Stepp has served Alice Lloyd College and our region admirably in his tenure as president,” commented Board of Trustees Chairman Mike Duncan. “President Stepp’s strong leadership has advanced our capacity to provide high-quality educational opportunities to Appalachian students. President-Elect Jim Stepp has been instrumental in the success of the college and is an excellent choice to be our next president. He and Joe will continue to work closely together to help carry out the mission of ALC.”