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Four join Piedmont Board

Oct 26th, 2020

Piedmont welcomed four new members – Febby Faerber, Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Lisa P. Hamby and Kimberly Melton – to the Board of Trustees October 23 during the governing body’s fall meeting.

An Ohio native, Febby Faerber attended Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia) and moved to the Atlanta area with her family in 2014 where she has been active in charities that support children and education. Faerber’s daughter, the late Alexandra Nicole, graduated from Piedmont’s R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2015.

Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims serves as Vice-Chancellor for the Phenix City Campus at Troy University (Troy, Alabama) and graduated from Piedmont in 1999. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. Rosser-Mims, who has worked in higher education for more than two decades, has authored four books and published many articles and book chapters. As a Piedmont student she served as president of the student government association.

Lisa Pruitt-Hamby is a stakeholder in Pruitt-Healthcare, a large network of senior healthcare facilities located throughout the Southeast. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics and institution management from the University of Georgia, lives in Demorest, and is Trustee of the Pruitt Foundation, a family foundation that supports community initiatives. Pruitt-Hamby has also served on the board of the Stephens County Salvation Army.

An investor relations manager at Windsor Stevens Holdings in Atlanta, Kimberly D. Melton earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University (Flint, Michigan) and a MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition to serving on nonprofit boards, including The Georgia Justice Project, Melton has been a homeschool educator for the last 15 years where she promotes creative learning and independent thinking.

The addition of Faerber, Rosser-Mims, Hamby, and Melton helps to create a more diverse Board, which includes 32 members.

“We are delighted that these four esteemed women have joined the Piedmont Board of Trustees,” said Board Chairman Thomas A. Arrendale, III. “And we look forward to benefiting from their wise counsel and insight. Diversity, in its various forms, helps to create a more robust and vibrant organization that is reflective of our community. Piedmont continues to strive for diversity, and these appointments represent a big step in that direction.”

In other action, the Board also approved a plan to begin construction on a 60,000-square-foot residence hall early next year. The facility, named Mystic Hall, will house 264 students and will be located adjacent to Plymouth Hall.

The new building, named after a Connecticut seaport, recognizes Piedmont’s historical ties to Congregational Churches, which were established by Pilgrims throughout New England during the 1600s.

Trustees and guests also dedicated the recently completed Charles and Catherine Sewell Center for Teacher Education. The 17,000 square-foot building, formerly Nielsen Hall, is located on Piedmont’s historic quad and includes eight classrooms, four seminar rooms, a technology classroom, and administrative offices.