Emory & Henry College has expanded President Jake Schrum’s administration to include a provost.
Dr. John Wells will be joining Emory & Henry College on June 1. As provost, Wells will provide oversight for both academics and enrollment management divisions and will serve as the officer in charge in the absence of the president.
Since 2009, he has served as the executive vice president and chief academic officer at Mars Hill University in North Carolina, where he provided oversight of the divisions of enrollment, academics, student development and student success.
While serving in this capacity, enrollment at the university increased by 30 percent in four years. At the same time, the university added numerous new academic programs in both professional and traditional liberal arts.
In addition, Wells presided over a 25 percent expansion in the academic budget and in the number of faculty members. He also established new approaches to cooperation between retention and athletics and an Office of First Year Experience.
Most recently, Wells 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.
Through his leadership, I am confident, John will make an important, lasting and positive difference at this institution.Jake B. Schrum President, Emory & Henry College
Wells has previously served as provost from 2005 to 2009 at Young Harris College in Georgia.
Wells holds a Ph.D. in political science, which he earned from the University of Tennessee in 1996. He holds a master’s degree in political science from UT and a bachelor’s degree in history from Carson-Newman University.
Wells has long enjoyed connections to Emory & Henry. His father, the late Reverend William R. Wells, was a 1959 graduate of Emory & Henry. His grandmother, Annie Bradner Wells, once served as dorm mother for Hillman Hall.
Dr. Mellisa Taverner will continue to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs until Well’s arrival on campus.
“I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Melissa Taverner, who as an interim leader, succeeded well beyond simply maintaining the functionality of the academic division; she provided enormous energy and creativity through some challenging times that have allowed the College to continue to build momentum toward our future,” said Schrum.