College Leadership

November 12, 2011


NEWBERRY, SC, November 11, 2011 -- Newberry College has announced that its president, Scott Koerwer, will be stepping down from the position, effective today.  Koerwer, 45, who was appointed president in July of 2010, said he is leaving for both family and professional interests.    In addition to attending to family business, he will continue on the faculty of Newberry College as Professor of Business Administration.  

“The Board of Newberry College, speaking on behalf of the entire campus community, thanks Scott for his energetic and visionary leadership.  Newberry College has made significant gains during Dr. Koerwer’s tenure and we look forward to a promising future with confidence and pride,” the board said in a statement.

During his time at Newberry, Koerwer led the College through a campus-wide strategic planning process and advanced the college in every aspect of its operational and academic mission.  The strategic planning process, which involved the entire community, resulted in an enterprise strategy focused on the five major learning experiences for every student at Newberry College and how these are inter-connected as part of an “educational ecosystem” :

  • Personal, character and spiritual formation
  • Liberal and empathetic learning
  • Professional knowledge and expertise
  • Experiential learning and practice
  • Civic and community participation

To reflect its broad educational mission, he developed a new academic structure and leadership with seven academic departments – including Arts and Communication, Business and Behavioral Sciences, Education, Humanities, Music, Nursing and Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Koerwer has a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College, earned a master’s degree in government and political science from Lehigh University, earned a doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania, is an alumnus from the Kellogg School of Management’s Advanced Executive Program, and also earned a two-year certificate in organizational development and consulting from the National Training Labs. 

About Newberry College

A private, residential, co-educational, college with a diverse student population, Newberry College offers baccalaureate degrees in 24 majors, 31 minors, and 27 areas of concentration. Founded in 1856 by the Lutheran Church, the college is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The college has a radio and television station, and offers 16 NCAA Division II sports. In the recent 2011 ranking of the Best Colleges in U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College placed in the top tier of regional colleges in the South. For more information, visit


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