Photo: Interim President Dr. James Mellichamp, right, with 'First Dog' Mamie; and Dr. John Misner, Dean of the Walker School of Business.

PC will ‘continue to flourish’ says interim president Mellichamp

Newly named interim President Dr. James Mellichamp, said Piedmont will continue to build on its recent successes with the help of all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees.

“We are fortunate to have talented and dedicated individuals who study and work here,” Mellichamp said. “Our work together will build on past successes and ensure that Piedmont College continues to flourish as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in our corner of the world.”

Mellichamp, who had served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, was picked by the Board of Trustees to serve as interim president after the full board voted on March 6 to conclude its contract with Dr. Danny Hollingsworth. In a letter to all students, faculty and staff, Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III said the Trustees “express their gratitude to Dr. Hollingsworth for the service he has rendered during the past nine months and wish him well in his future career endeavors.” The Board of Trustees did not announce details of the personnel decision.

“We have great confidence in Dr. Mellichamp and hope that you will offer him your support as he guides the college into its next chapter,” Arrendale said. “With excellent academic programs, a strong financial foundation, and highly dedicated staff and faculty members, Piedmont College will continue to make a tremendous impact upon its students and upon this region.”

Mellichamp, a Toccoa native, previously served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and serves as a professor of music, a post he has held since joining the college in 1982. He will continue to serve as Provost while filling the interim position until the board conducts a presidential search.

Dr. John Misner, Dean of the School of Business, will assist the president as Senior Financial Advisor, Mellichamp said. Prior to entering academe, Misner had a long career in the areas of corporate finance and investment. “Another important member of our team, Vice President Rodney Dyer, has assured me that he will continue the good work that he has been developing in the areas of student affairs and administrative services,” Mellichamp said.

Mellichamp said construction is continuing on schedule for the new art studio building and a new dormitory.

“In short, we are not going to lose any momentum,” he said.