Westmont College Timeline

1937 Bible Missionary Institute in Los Angeles founded by Mrs. Ruth K. Kerr
1939 Bible Missionary Institute was renamed Western Bible College
1940

Western Bible College became a Christian liberal arts college and was renamed Westmont College by Dr. Emerson because it was in the west among the mountains.

1940-46

Dr. Wallace L. Emerson   First President

1945 Westmont College relocated to the Montecito campus and classes began in the fall of 1945.
1948-50

Dr. James Forrester   Second President

1950-68

Dr. Roger J. Voskuyl   Third President

1958 Westmont received accreditation from the Western College Accreditation Association.
1969-71

Dr. John W. Snyder   Fourth President

1972-75

Dr. Lyle C. Hillegas  Fifth President

1976-2001 Dr. David K. Winter  Sixth President
2001-06 Dr. Stan D. Gaede   Seventh President
2007- Dr. Gayle D. Beebe  Eighth President