Retired four-star admiral named Culver-Stockton Konneker Leader in Residence for spring semester


Admiral Philip Davidson | Photo courtesy of Culver-Stockton College

CANTON, Mo. — Admiral Philip Davidson will be the Konneker Leader in Residence at Culver-Stockton for the spring 2024 semester.

Davidson will speak to community members at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, in Mirillat Chapel in the Robert W. Brown Performing Arts Center on the C-SC campus. Wednesday, March 13, will be a full day of speaking engagements and a luncheon with C-SC students. Davidson has titled his presentations as “On Leadership.”

Davidson is a retired four-star admiral in the United States Navy. He served as the 25th commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command for three years. He also served as the commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command and United States Naval Forces Northern Command.

Originally from St. Louis, Davidson chose the United States Naval Academy for his post-high school education. Davidson officially retired in 2021.

In a press release, C-SC President Lauren B. Schellenberger said, “We are honored to welcome Admiral Davidson to ‘the Hill’ to share his experiences in leadership, perseverance and service. We look forward to the admiral’s lessons of character and strength for our students of promise.”

The Wilfred and Ann Lee Konneker Leaders in Residence program was established at Culver-Stockton College in 2013 with the framework to provide a supportive and value-based learning environment where students can acquire knowledge and skills to work with and through others to accomplish mutual goals. The Leader in Residence is annually selected by a committee and asked to share their leadership principles with the C-SC community.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The time and location of Davidson’s talk on Tuesday were incorrect in a previous version of this story.

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