John Wells stepped in as Emory & Henry’s 22nd president this week, following Jake Schrum’s retirement this summer.

As part of his first day on Monday, Wells made “donut runs” to a variety of offices and departments on campus, beginning at 7 a.m. with the facilities team. Mark Graham, executive assistant to the president and general counsel, said it would help Wells get personally acquainted with the staff. “He really wants to be able to see everyone and thank them for all they do now and in the future,” said Graham.

Wells served for seven years as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Mars Hill University in North Carolina, creating new programs and helping increase enrollment by 30% in four years. He has also served as provost and interim college president at Young Harris College in Georgia and a professor and dean of social sciences at Carson-Newman University in Tennessee.

“John is a pleasure to work with and will bring about significant and meaningful change at Emory & Henry College,” said Schrum. “He’s a leader with integrity, sound management principles, appreciates collaboration and autonomy. He values the role of faculty in the academy … [and] his goal is to ensure students have a solid return on their education from Emory & Henry and can easily transition to the world of work or continued education.”

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