“Dr. Julius Sigler brings to this position an intimate knowledge of LC and its traditions, along with a multifaceted perspective and vision for the future of the College,” President Kenneth Garren said. “I am extremely grateful that Dr. Sigler has accepted this call to academic leadership.
Dr. Sigler, who joined the Lynchburg College faculty in 1967, is a professor of physics. Dr. Sigler serves as the top academic official overseeing the College’s 6 undergraduate schools.
A cum laude graduate of Lynchburg College, Dr. Sigler earned his MS and PhD degrees in physics from the University of Virginia. He has pursued post-doctoral study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has attended summer institutes at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge Associated Universities, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Workshop at the University of Miami and the National Science Foundation Workshop at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was also a Lilly Foundation Fellow at Duke University.
Dr. Sigler served as department chair and program chair for applied physics and pre-engineering for more than 25 years. He was founding director of the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
Dr. Sigler served as associate dean of the college, director of the LC Senior Symposium, dean of the School of Sciences, president of the Lynchburg College Chapter of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, chair of numerous faculty committees, chair of the faculty, and chair of the SACS Reaffirmation Committees for several colleges. He was also co-author of a proposal establishing the Lynchburg College Westover Honors program.
The author and co-author of more than a dozen scholarly publications, Dr. Sigler has served as consultant for the National Science Foundation, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and Lynchburg Public Schools projects.
Active in the community, Dr. Sigler is a member of the Board of Directors of the Robert E. Lee Soil and Water Conservation District and founding president of the Lynchburg String Boosters Club. He is also former chair and member of the Lynchburg City School Board. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lynchburg College Alumni Association and the LC Board of Overseers.
Dr. Sigler is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Elsie Ervin Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship, the Shirley Rosser Excellence in Teaching Award, the Richard H. Thornton Award for Excellence, and the T. Gibson Hobbs Memorial Award, the highest award presented by the Lynchburg College Alumni Association. He also was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the Lynchburg Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.