G. Kenneth West, PhD



Since joining the Lynchburg College faculty in 1976, Dr. Ken West has been awarded the Elsie Bock Award for Excellence in Citizenship, the Shirley Rosser Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Distinguished Faculty Research Award, the national T. A. Abbott Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Phi Delta Kappa's Educator of the Year Award. In addition, he was made an honorary alumnus of the College in 1991 and was asked by the senior class to deliver the Commencement Address to the 1996 graduating class. Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ken West was twice selected "Mr. Tennis" for that state while a student at Wake Forest University, where he was captain of the tennis team. Later, he served as director of Daymark's House for Runaway Children in Charleston, West Virginia. In addition, he was in private practice as a marriage and family counselor for several years. Ken has written a weekly column about family related issues in Lynchburg's newspaper since 1985. Two of his books, a developmental psychology text and a parenting book, have been translated into Czech and Indonesian.

In 1997 Ken West became the founder and first director of the Center for Family Education at Lynchburg College. This Center offers parent education at each of Lynchburg's eleven elementary schools, schools in the surrounding counties, and selected private schools.

Degrees and Certifications

  • BA Wake Forest University
  • MDiv Princeton Seminary
  • PhD The Florida State University
  • Licensed as a professional counselor with a specialty license in marriage and family counseling by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Professional Interests/Research

Dr. West is the author of many articles and four texts: Parenting Without GuiltThe 21 Deadly Myths of Parenting and 21 Creative AlternativesThe Greatest Adventures in Human Development: You are the Hero and The Shelbys Need Help!.

Having written over 500 columns in "The News and Daily Advance" since 1985, Ken West has had two books of selected columns published: The Family: Live and In Concert and The Best of Ken West.

Courses Taught

Dr. West teaches Developmental Psychology to undergraduate students each semester. At the graduate level, he teaches Marriage and Family Counseling, Parenting, and Human Development.

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