pc-mellichampMellichamp named president at Piedmont College

Dr. James Mellichamp can add another title to the list of positions he has held at Piedmont College during his 30 years as a professor and administrator. The college Board of Trustees, which in March had named Mellichamp interim president, voted May 4 to make the position permanent.

Mellichamp becomes the 13th president of Piedmont to serve during the 115-year history of the college, which has campuses in Demorest and Athens. He joined Piedmont in 1982 as a professor of music, a position he has held since that time. But he has also worn a number of hats at the college, including most recently serving as Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III said the decision to name Mellichamp president came Friday, May 4, during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting held at the Athens Campus.

“We just felt that Dr. Mellichamp is a natural fit,” Arrendale said. “He has the experience, the knowledge, and the passion for Piedmont. The faculty and students were very happy about his appointment as interim president, and the Board of Trustees feel like he is the man for the job.”

A Toccoa native, Mellichamp graduated from Huntingdon College and earned a Diploma in Church Music from the Hochschule fuer Musik in Herford, Germany, before receiving a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University. In addition to teaching music, Mellichamp is a noted organist and has presented concerts at some of world’s top venues, including solo recitals at the Washington Cathedral, Berlin Cathedral, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

“I am deeply grateful to the board of the college for the trust they have placed in me to lead this great institution,” Mellichamp said. “We are so fortunate to have an extremely talented group of staff and faculty which, coupled with our outstanding students, makes taking on this new challenge much easier. The people of an institution are its greatest asset, and I am looking forward to working collaboratively to set and attain new goals for Piedmont College.”