On June 1, 2017 Emory & Henry will receive its new provost, Dr. John Wells. Dr. Wells has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in history.
Dr. Wells had much success in his position as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Mars Hill University from 2009-2016. During his four years in that position, enrollment increased by thirty percent.
Dr. Wells also helped oversee the addition of new academic programs at Mars Hill, and he aided a twenty-five percent expansion in budget and faculty members. He was also the provost for Young Harris College from 2005-2009.
In his email to the campus community, President Jake B. Schrum explains, “most recently, John has served as associate general secretary for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the worldwide United Methodist Church and as executive secretary of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church.”
Under this role, Dr. Wells oversees the institutions connected with the UMC, provides students with service opportunities, and created a new program to encourage ethics teaching at Methodist affiliated Colleges.
Dr. Wells’ late father, Reverend William R. Wells, graduated from E&H in 1959, and Annie Bradner Wells, his grandmother, was a dorm mother in Hillman Hall. Schrum explained that as provost
“John will provide oversight for both academics and enrollment management and will serve as officer in charge in the absence of the president.”
Schrum concluded his email by saying, “I am confident John will make an important, lasting and positive difference at this institution.”
– Sydney Cooke