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The Newell Society

Piedmont College was only four years old when a 26-year-old history professor named Henry Clinton Newell joined the faculty in 1901. Six years later as Piedmont’s third president, the Amherst graduate was adamant Piedmont’s academic program “shall be worthy of comparison with the best” without “any tendency toward provincialism.” To reach this goal, Newell helped create the college’s first endowment fund, tirelessly canvassing supporters across the country to help secure the fledging college’s future.
 
Newell served as president until 1910 before beginning a 20-year career as pastor of the Congregational Church in Middlebury, Vermont. When Black Friday and the Great Depression struck in 1929, Newell returned to Piedmont as president, determined the lean times would not erase the gains he had helped the college make. Newell served as president from 1930 to 1936, not only weathering the storm but leaving the college on a better financial basis than he found it.
 
In the same spirit as President Newell, many people have played key roles in the transformational growth of Piedmont over the last decades—and many more will be needed in the future. The Newell Society is a circle of valued friends who have made Piedmont part of their estate plans and who wish to encourage others to follow their example.
 
If you have already designated Piedmont as a beneficiary of your estate or if you would like more information about bequests, charitable gift annuities or trusts, please contact Amy Amason by email or at 706-776-0148.
 
Joining The Newell Society is one way to show your commitment to Piedmont’s future and its mission of academic excellence within a culture of community and service. It is a commitment Henry Clinton Newell exemplified and it will help Piedmont grow even stronger in the years to come.