President Joe Stepp
Joseph Alan Stepp was appointed President of Alice Lloyd College in April of 1999. President Stepp is the first native Appalachian to hold the position, further validating Mrs. Lloyd’s insistence that “The leaders are here” and fulfilling her desire to see Appalachians as leaders and servants in their own community. President Stepp maintains that his main objective in life is service to both God and his fellow man, and his career at Alice Lloyd College has reflected that as one of both great service and distinction.
President Stepp first came to Pippa Passes in 1983 when he took a job as a Student Services Administrator, as well as Athletic Director and Head Men’s basketball coach. He and his wife Cindy, as well as their many canine friends, have been pillars of the Pippa Passes community since. 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. In the meantime, he and Cindy have raised two boys, Clark (Kelsey) and Clint (Lauren). They are also the proud grandparents of a newborn girl, Oaklyn Lily Stepp.
President Stepp has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry with Teaching Certificate from Morehead State University, a Master of Arts Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, an Honorary Doctorate of Administration from the University of the Cumberlands and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from College of the Ozarks. In 2000, he attended the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, and in 2014, he attended the Harvard Seminar for Experienced Presidents.
The past sixteen years have seen ALC emerge as one of the top colleges in America 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 through the creation of Sociology, Kinesiology, Special Education, and Accounting majors, as well as Communications Entrepreneurship. The Business Administration Program has grown exponentially under his guidance, including the creation of ALC’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Collaborative Learning. In addition, in the Fall of 2018, the College will launch a Criminal Justice program.
Over the course of his years at ALC, President Stepp has helped raise over $80 million for the school and its students. During his tenure the endowment has increased from $12.2 million to $42.5 million, all as the college remains debt free.
In addition to expanding the College’s academic programs, President Stepp has overseen renovations to the McGraw Library, the Caney Cottage, and the men’s and women’s dormitories, as well as the restoration of the historical Cushing Hall and Commodore Slone building. In 2015, the Bettinger Center was erected as headquarters for the Student Work Office, and a new Kinesiology lab is in the process of being built in the Davis Student Center. Construction is also currently underway on the Campus Center project to enrich residential life. This new facility will provide multiple opportunities to support both academic and extracurricular activities.
As Alice Lloyd College builds the private liberal arts college experience of the 21st century, President Stepp reaffirms a strong belief in the transformative power of education that Mrs. Lloyd so powerfully championed with her own life, “We have been incredibly blessed to receive such an outpouring of support over the years. It has been an honor to be part of God’s plan for the people here and to watch these students grow into adults who will change the future of our Appalachian Region and the world.”
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