Dr. William J. Lennox
Dr. William J. Lennox
Title: University President
Phone: (352) 588-8242
Alma Mater: United States Military Academy '71

Dr. William J. Lennox Jr. was named ninth president of Saint Leo University by the university’s Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2015.

A retired U.S. Army three-star lieutenant general, Dr. Lennox earned his bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He went on to earn a master’s degree and a PhD in literature from Princeton University. He graduated first in his class at Fort Leavenworth’s Command and General Officer’s School, and he completed the Senior Service College Fellowship at Harvard University.

After graduating from West Point, General Lennox served in a wide variety of assignments in the field artillery. He also held a number of staff positions including a White House Fellowship, as the special assistant to the secretary of the Army, and as the executive officer for the deputy chief of staff for Operations and Plans.

Additionally, over the course of his distinguished 35-year military career, General Lennox served as the deputy commanding general and assistant commandant of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center; the chief of staff for III Corps and Fort Hood; the assistant chief of staff, CJ-3, at Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea and the Deputy Commanding General, Eighth United States Army; as well as Chief of Legislative Liaison.

General Lennox became the superintendent of the United States Military Academy in 2001. As superintendent, a role that is essentially the equivalent of president of a civilian college, he managed 4,400 cadets, hundreds of staff, the academic programs, and a $250 million budget on the 16,000-acre campus, and remained there until 2006. During his tenure, he provided strategic guidance for the academic, military, and athletic initiatives. He helped transform the athletic program and oversaw upgrades to the core liberal arts program while sustaining the fourth-ranked undergraduate engineering program in the country. He also implemented and improved opportunities for cultural exposure and expanded semesters abroad to countries including Chile, China, Russia, and Spain.

From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Lennox served as senior vice president at Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm, in Washington, DC. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing strategy for the company’s Department of Defense programs and for interacting with Congress, the executive branch, state and local governments, and aerospace contractors. Dr. Lennox joined the Saint Leo University Board of Trustees in 2008 and has served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. He and his wife, Anne, have three sons.


American War Poetry, PhD Dissertation, Princeton University, 1982
“China’s Peoples’ War: Old and New,” Military Review, December 1987
“Interview” Leader to Leader: Leadership Breakthrough from West Point, a special supplement toLeader to Leader, 2005
“Romance and Reality,” Poetry, April 2005
“U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula,” Council on Foreign Relations task force member, June 2010
China: Enemy or Friend? by Burn and Marc Loeffke, contributing author, January 2009


Charlie Rose Show, PBS Interview, February 2002
Injoy Maximum Impact – Leadership Speaker, April 2004
Time magazine interview for cover story, May 2005


Distinguished Graduate, West Point, 2012
Board of Directors, Universal Technical Institute
Board of Directors, Princeton Power Systems
Board of Directors, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Council on Foreign Relations
White House Fellows Association
Society of the French Legion of Honor
U.S. University Presidents’ Summit on International Education
The Forum for the Future of Higher Education
Cabinet Member for West Point Fund Raising Campaign