Hollingsworth takes reins as Piedmont’s new president
Dr. Danny P. Hollingsworth, named in March 2011 as the 12th president of Piedmont College, officially took on his new role at the college June 1, 2011. Hollingsworth takes over the Piedmont post from Dr. W. Ray Cleere, who announced last year that he would retire in May 2011 after 16 years as president.
Hollingsworth and his wife, Elizabeth, have three college-age sons, Jake, Clark and Luke. “My wife and I are learning our way around Habersham County and the surrounding areas as well as finding doctors, dentists, a church, and all the services needed when a major move occurs,” he said.
Formerly executive vice president and chief financial officer at Carson-Newman College, Hollingsworth comes to Piedmont with some 36 years experience in business and higher education. Before joining Carson-Newman as Dean of the School of Business in 2008, he taught business and accounting at Mississippi State University, where he served as director of the School of Accountancy and as interim Dean of the College of Business and Industry. From 1987 to 2000, he taught at Baylor University, serving five years as chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law.
Piedmont will see a lot of consistency with Hollingsworth as president, but there will be progressive changes as well. “We hope to generate more publicity and promotion of Piedmont’s excellence and opportunities to a wider audience,” Hollingsworth said. “There will be an enhanced focus on undergraduate student enrollment and availability of educational avenues. Student life and experiences will be a central theme in the new administration. High-quality graduate programs will be emphasized as well.”
“It is indeed a pleasure to join such a prestigious institution as Piedmont College,” Hollingsworth said. “The faculty and staff have welcomed my family and me with open arms, and I look forward to getting to know each one of them. We have a tremendous opportunity to continue Piedmont’s growth that will provide more students the chance to enhance their quality of life.”