John W. Wells


Dr. John W. Wells became the twenty-second president of Emory & Henry College on July 1, 2019 after having served as the chief academic officer at three higher education institutions. Prior to his appointment as provost and dean of faculty at Emory & Henry in 2017, Dr. 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 in Nashville, Tennessee. He served for seven years as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Mars Hill University in western North Carolina, where he provided oversight of the divisions of enrollment, academics, student development and student success. 

Previously, he served as provost for four years at Young Harris College, a United Methodist-related institution located in the mountains of northeast Georgia, and during one of those years served as interim president. For twelve years, he was on the political science faculty at Carson-Newman University where he also directed the university’s honors program and was dean of the social science division. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Wells earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from UT and a bachelor’s degree in history from Carson-Newman University.

His wife, Shannon Earle, joined Emory & Henry College in July 2021 in the Advancement Office having previously served as chief of staff at the University of North Carolina Asheville. The couple has two children, Garland and Molly.

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