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John Wells to Serve as Emory & Henry College Provost

February 22, 2017

Dr. John Wells has been named provost for Emory & Henry College. He has served as associate general secretary for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Division of Higher Education (GBHEM) since 2016.

“We are grateful for John’s leadership and we look forward to our continued relationship in his new role. His wide experience, including teaching, advising, writing and administration is a great gift to The United Methodist Church and Emory & Henry,” said Rev. Dr. Kim Cape, general secretary, GBHEM.

Wells received a doctorate and master’s in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Carson-Newman University.

Wells served as executive vice-president and chief academic officer at Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, North Carolina from 2009 to 2016. In that role, he provided oversight for the divisions of enrollment, academics, student development and student success. In addition, Wells served as provost for Young Harris College from 2005 to 2009.

“Through his leadership, I am confident, John will make an important, lasting and positive difference at this institution,” said Jake Schrum, president, Emory & Henry.

Wells will begin his new leadership role at Emory & Henry College on June 1, 2017.

About GBHEM: As the leadership development agency of The United Methodist Church, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s mission is to lead and connect the educational and ministerial life of the church. Every elder, deacon and licensed local pastor benefits from our training and candidacy programs. Many young adults find help in clarifying their vocation and God’s call on their lives through our leadership and discernment programs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @GBHEM.

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