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Collectively We Give

The Collective Connections Campaign for Regional Impact and National Reach seeks to enhance student success and support regional growth and prosperity.

Letter From The President

From the Desk of

John W. Wells

We often hold in our minds two perceptions of Emory & Henry that, on the surface, seem contradictory: Emory & Henry as a charming rural college, focused on excellence yet isolated from a prodigiously fluctuating world and Emory & Henry as a conduit to a vast universe of ideas, diversity and opportunities. Those of us who know and love this institution well, know clearly how both notions are consistent and, in fact, define perhaps what is most distinctive about this place.

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E&H Faculty Spotlights

Faculty spotlighted: Prof. Patrice Foster, Dr. Teressa Wexler, Dr. Eric Coley, Dr. Scott Boltwood, Dr. Brett Frye, Dr. Rose Pignataro, Dr. Sarah Fisher, Dr. Jessica Spafford and Dr. Laurie Anne Ferguson.

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Multi-court Opens in Honor of Alumnus Eric Scott ’88

The College has dedicated the new outdoor multi-court on campus to Eric Scott ’88 in honor of his legacy and the lasting impact Scott had on the campus. The dedication has been made in his memory with the help of his family, his mentor at the College and his basketball teammates.

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Healthcare Career Pipeline

The E&H School of Health Sciences (SHS) and School of Nursing (SON) recently received a one-year renewal grant for $25,000 from the Ballad Health Foundation and the Smyth County Hospital HealthTrust to support the development of a sustainable workforce pipeline for preparing Smyth County public school students for careers in nursing and other healthcare professions. The HealthTrust exists as a philanthropic arm and nonprofit fundraising organization for Smyth County Community Hospital.

News from Campus… and Beyond

We’re in the Top 20!

Emory & Henry College has shifted category rankings in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for 2022-23.

Your Support Matters

Emory & Henry College relies on your support to continue to thrive. Your philanthropic gifts and loyalty to this incredible institution help provide the resources to support a new generation of outstanding students and the work of a superior faculty and staff.

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Elevate Your Career!

Emory & Henry is proud to announce online programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Enrolling now for fall 2023 cohorts! Learn more.

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  • Monica Halsey Shew (right) with husband Daniel receiving their award

    Monica Halsey Shew ’07 Monica and Daniel Shew won the Historic Preservation Award for Solar Hill, from the City of Bristol. Monica is a double alum of Emory & Henry, finishing a master’s in community and organizational leadership in 2011. She has recently left a long career in banking to work full-time for their property business, which encompasses 17 units in downtown Bristol. Their focus is to restore vacant houses and homes headed for the wrecking ball. All their houses were built before 1925 and have been made back into beautiful updated homes for tenants in hopes of creating a better community through restoration and maintenance. After living in a large 1904 Edwardian home on Solar Hill, the couple managed to get the King House at the top of the hill. It is said to be the oldest and most historically significant structure in Bristol City. They plan to live there with their four year old son, once the interior is complete. The Historic Preservation Award Committee for the city of Bristol, Virginia invites nominations for the Historic Preservation Award. The purpose of this award program is to recognize and honor property owners and developers who engage in preservation projects within the city’s five historic districts: Euclid Avenue, Solar Hill, Virginia Hill, Bristol Downtown Commercial, and Bristol Warehouse Historic Districts. Properties within Bristol, Virginia city limits, but outside these historic districts, are eligible for a Citywide Historic Preservation Award.

  • Matt Long

    Matt Long ’03 Matt has been promoted to an equity named partner at the law firm of Bowen Ten Long & Bal, PC in Richmond, Virginia, with eight lawyers and two offices - one in Henrico, Virginia and the other in Hanover, Virginia. The firm is focusing on Family Law, Personal Injury, Estate Planning, and General Civil Litigation.

  • Rev. Richard Aylor ’11 Richard has moved to Evergreen, Colorado to be the Pastor at Church of the Hills Presbyterian.

  • Ty Smith
    Ty Smith ’22 In August of 2022, Ty will begin attending East Tennessee State University, obtaining an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Higher Education concentration. While earning his Master’s degree, he will be employed through ETSU’s Center for Academic Achievement as a Graduate Assistant - serving as an advisor to undergraduate supplemental instructors and tutors.
  • Kaylin RenderE&H Class of 1994

    Kaylin Render ’94 The YWCA of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee has recognized Kaylin Render as one of their 2022 honorees – recognizing women who nurture, empower, and transform. Kaylin is an Assistant District Attorney for Sullivan County, TN, entering her 16th year with the Office of the District Attorney General for the 2nd Judicial District of Sullivan County, TN. She was also just tapped to be the Division Head in Division I of the Criminal Courts for Sullivan County. She prosecutes all the felony domestic violence cases ranging all the way from domestic assaults to first degree murder cases. She also works very closely with the Branch House which is the Family Justice Center for Sullivan County. They are a one-stop multi-service provider for domestic violence victims. They awarded her the 2021 Victim Services Excellence Award. She adds, “My sweet daughter, Izzy, has grown up in this office which has been like a family to me.”

  • Jade Ritterbush ’17 Jade is an Export Document Examiner for the USDA. She’s living in Sacramento.

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Emory & Henry College President: John W. Wells, Ph.D. Vice President for Advancement: Greg McMillan, ’90. Associate Vice President for Advancement: Shannon C. Earle. Vice President for Enrollment and External Affairs: Jennifer J. Pearce. Director of Marketing: Leah Prater. Manager of Communications and Managing Editor: Haley Arni. Web Content and Online Magazine Coordinator: Billy Chandler.

Contributing writers: Sara Broberg | Monica Hoel | Joe Matthews | Dirk Moore | Tyler Segraves

Contributing photographers: Earl Neikirk | Monica Hoel | Leah Prater | Haley Arni | Marcus Caudill

Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry College is one of the oldest private colleges in Virginia. With a coeducation and diverse population of students, the College is listed as a Colleges That Change Lives - one of 43 in the United States. It is ranked in the Top 20 of Regional Universities (South) in the 2022 edition of the U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges and ranked No. 6 in best undergraduate teaching programs. The College features Schools for Arts & Sciences; Business; Nursing; and Health Sciences, all with a foundational base of the liberal arts. The E&H Magazine is a publication of Emory & Henry College and is published twice a year to share news and information about the College with alumni, friends and the community. Now available online at

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