Passion, Purpose & Personal Attention
Newberry College has a rich tradition of providing personal attention, challenging academic programs, and a close-knit community that welcomes everyone. We combine our strong liberal arts foundation with specialized professional degree programs to prepare students such as you for successful futures.
We've Done It Again!
Newberry College has once again earned a spot on the 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings for Best Colleges with our highest ranking ever on the Best Colleges in the South list.
What Newberry awakens in you academically, socially, civically, and spiritually is more than the time spent pursuing a degree: it's a way of life.
A Newberry College education reaches beyond classroom walls, city limits, pre-conceived notions of higher learning, and definitions of success. A Newberry education is a personal challenge to every student in pursuit of knowledge who possesses the drive to live and learn with purpose. It is a new model for education - a living and learning community that transforms study into action through personal and professional interaction.
A thriving community of students, professors, staff, coaches, administrators, professionals, and neighbors, Newberry College takes an innovative approach to the traditional liberal arts education. Through hands-on, real-world experiential learning, students connect what they learn in the classroom and laboratory with what they learn in town, in the field, and on the job.
We empower students to embrace an evolution of thought and a new way to see by challenging their minds as well as their imaginations. We stand with purpose, tools, understanding, and experiences designed to prepare a new generation of citizen leaders to transform our world through knowledge, faith, and service.
A Community within a Community
The Newberry College 90-acre, wooded campus is located less than a mile from local shopping areas in the small town of Newberry, SC. Our 32 buildings and athletic facilities are well-equipped to serve student needs.
The College centers on a quadrangle heavily planted with azaleas, trees and shrubs. On three sides of the quadrangle are the four campus buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places: Smeltzer Hall, Keller Hall, Holland Hall, and Derrick Hall. On the fourth side are the McClurg Center for Teaching and Learning, Langford Communications Center, and Wessels Library.
The Herman Langford Communications Center, completed in 1990, has state-of-the-art communications facilities
including a TV studio, radio station, and suites for audio and video production.The McClurg Center, along with the
nearby Science and Mathematics Building, houses classrooms, seminar rooms, science and computer laboratories, art studios, and offices.
Wessels Library houses a comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, and non-print materials. Through its Inter-Library arrangements, students have access to research materialsthroughout the nation. In the Special Collections room are many historical documents relating to Lutheranism and to the local area as well as a special facsimile of the Book of Kells.
One of the most easily visible buildings on campus is Wiles Chapel with its soaring steeple, neo-gothic design, and neo-impressionistic stained glass windows. It houses a 1,000-seat chapel where convocations and interfaith services are held.
The Alumni Music Center houses a 150-seat recital hall, practice rooms, a band room, offices, and classrooms.
The Physical Education Complex houses the 1,600-seat Eleazer basketball arena, the Yarborough Strength and Conditioning Facility, offices,
and classrooms. Other athletic facilities include the lighted tennis courts, Setzler Field, a 4,000-seat football
stadium, the John F. Clarkson outdoor swimming pool, the H. Lee Atwater Field, a combination soccer/softball field,
as well as intramural and other playing fields.
The O. L. Casey Center adjoins the swimming pool and the Physical Education Complex. It houses the Athletic Department.
Preparing Students for a Lifetime of Success
Newberry College prepares students in the Lutheran liberal arts tradition through our supportive academic community for lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation, and engaged citizenship in the global society.
Students will acquire, develop, and demonstrate:
- knowledge of the arts, sciences, and humanities as ways of understanding the world and our place in it.
- effective oral and written communication skills.
- critical thinking and quantitative analytical skills necessary for interpreting information and solving problems in a 21st-century global society.
- proficiency in information literacy.
Students will acquire, develop, and demonstrate:
- the ability to work with others as leaders or as members of a team to accomplish common goals in a diverse society.
- an understanding of the heritage of the Christian faith and its contribution to humane problem solving in the evolving global community.
- moral reasoning skills essential for making life choices that balance personal freedoms and societal responsibilities.
- the knowledge, attitudes, and habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Students will acquire, develop, and demonstrate:
- knowledge of the history, methods of inquiry, and current intellectual claims of a chosen specific discipline or interdisciplinary area of study.
- knowledge and skills that foster life-long personal growth and professional development in their vocational pursuits.
Engaged Citizenship in a Global Society
Students will acquire, develop, and demonstrate:
- the values necessary for effective citizenship.
- the skills and historical knowledge to think critically about complex national and global issues.
- the qualities of personal and social responsibility necessary to sustain and deepen democracy.
The Lutheran intellectual tradition creatively engages the dialectic tensions inherent in the dynamic nature of human life. Newberry College will re-affirm itself publicly as aligned with the Lutheran church, and be guided by a set of educational principles that emanates from the Lutheran intellectual traditions. These Lutheran core values include:
Faith and Reason
Truth is the ultimate objective of both Faith and Reason which is best obtained through the integrated pursuit of free inquiry, hypothesis and rigorous scholarship. In keeping with the school’s historic faith, motto and mission, Newberry College leads students to learn and respect the Christian faith, history, traditions and supporting documents in the context of a pluralistic dialogue among the sciences, arts and global religions.
Freedom and Responsibility
Each person has individual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as corporate responsibility for others in an environmental and civil context. Newberry College encourages all members of its community to use the unique freedoms and characteristics of individual personhood as his/her fundamental contribution to citizenship in both local and global community participation.
Diversity and Inclusivity
Community arises when people of widely diverse walks and degrees of faith, cultural backgrounds, genders, races and nations of origin recognize their shared humanity. At Newberry, empathetic knowledge of one-another-modeling civil discourse is fostered as well as respecting each person’s dignity and individuality, and seeking to understand fully self and others as equally valued global citizens.
Personal and Public Vocation
Vocation affirms the sacred nature of the whole person: his or her personal and public relationships, divinely revealed gifts, and contributions to church and society. Newberry College encourages each individual to discover and pursue his or her calling and to exhibit faithful service to God and community in every facet of life.
Newberry College celebrated its 150th anniversary of service and educational leadership to the Newberry community, state of South Carolina, and the Lutheran Church in 2006.
Newberry's heritage began in 1828 at the annual meeting of the Lutheran Synod in South Carolina and Adjacent States—nearly 30 years
before it was chartered as a college by the State of South Carolina. At that 1828 meeting, the Rev. John Bachman, President of the Synod,
recommended the establishment of a seminary to train Lutheran ministers. The following year the Synod followed his advice and voted to
establish a seminary and classical academy.
The new seminary-academy opened its doors in February 1831 near Pomaria, SC (about 15 miles from the College's present location); it moved to neighboring Lexington in 1834 and remained there for over 20 years.
In 1854 the Synod voted to make the institution a degree-granting college, in 1855 to move it to Newberry, and in 1856, just before the granting of the charter, to name it Newberry College. A preparatory department opened in 1858, and the College and Seminary began operation in February 1859.
It prospered until the Civil War when nearly all the faculty and students were called into military service. At the end of the war, the only college building was occupied by federal troops. In 1868, as a result of the physical condition of the building, the military occupation, and the depletion of the endowment funds, the College faced a severe financial crisis. St. John's Lutheran church in Walhalla, SC, in the northwestern corner of the state, offered the College a new home. In 1877, through the efforts of Newberry residents, the College returned to its original site in Newberry.
The Synod discontinued operating the Seminary for several years, but in 1884 reopened it again at Newberry where it remained until 1898. That year the Seminary moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC, and in 1911 to its present location in Columbia, SC.
The College has maintained its association with the Lutheran Church. Today, Newberry is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).
When Dr. Maurice William Scherrens assumed the mantle of leadership at Newberry College, he took on the challenges of an institution feeling the strain of the frequent leadership changes and financial challenges. Scherrens’ distinctive blend of collaborative spirit, steely determination and ardent enthusiasm have reinvigorated a College that was eager to rebuild and renew. Scherrens assembled a leadership team of highly qualified individuals who, fueled by his energy and vision, achieved remarkable progress in a short period of time. They achieved record high new student enrollment, earned full affirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and launched the first comprehensive campaign in college history.
Maurice Scherrens earned his Doctorate in Higher Education (Ed.D.) from the University of Southern California; Juris Doctor (JD) from George Washington University; and both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Central Michigan University. He is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at George Mason University, where he also taught an ethics course and a graduate finance course. Additionally, he was selected CFO of the Year for large, nonprofit organizations in 2009 by Virginia Business Magazine. He and his wife, Dr. Sandy Scherrens, have four children.
"Attending Newberry College is a game changer for our students. They may come from many different circumstances and walks of life, but we teach them to DREAM BIG. We meet them wherever they are and get them where they need to be to make their dreams a reality."
Dr. Maurice Scherrens
The President's Council
This honorable team is made up of reliable leaders who keep Newberry College running smoothly. Please feel free to contact them.
VPAA and Dean of the College
Director of Athletics
VP Institutional Advancement
Director of Institutional Effectiveness
Dean of Enrollment Management
Chief of Staff
Dean of Student Affairs
Chaplain & Director of Church Relations
VP of Administrative Affairs & CFO
Cindee Bailey attended Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, receiving a degree from USC’s School of Journalism. A resident of Columbia, Cindee also has taken industrial and technical continuing education courses. Currently, she works as Cheif Administrative Office for the Climatic Corporation. She is treasurer and a board member for Palmetto Lifeline, a board member for Wells Fargo and a board member for the American Red Cross. She formerly has served as a board member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, on the board of the Capital City Club and on the board of Junior Achievement. She also served on the Advisory Board for USC’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management.
Cindee is married to John Bailey. They have three children, John Bailey Jr., Gilly Bailey and Susan Bristow. Cindee grew up in an entrepreneurial family who had a business on Main Street in Newberry. She looks forward to helping bring the College and the downtown area together.
Office: Keller 102
Office Phone: 803-321-5198
Dr. Beggs earned his Ph.D. in Theology (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity) from the University of Notre Dame. His Ph.D. work explored the first Christian history and Christian identity formation in Greco-Roman antiquity which has led to a life-long interest in the nature of Christian identity in a multicultural church. His master’s work at Yale Divinity School focused on Early Christian Theology. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education from Abilene Christian University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Newberry College in 2002, Dr. Beggs taught at Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) as well as Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL). He has also served as the pastor in churches in Illinois, Indiana and Connecticut. Over the past few years, Dr. Beggs has directed grant funded programming serving the needs of immigrant children in Columbia and Newberry County. He has also served as a presenter on World Religions and a panelist on local Interfaith Dialogue forums.
Laura N. Black, of Central, South Carolina, graduated cum laude from Newberry College in 1971 with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. Laura received both a Master’s Degree (1972) and a Ph.D. (1980) from the University of South Carolina.
A career educator, Black retired as a tenured full professor in 2006 and was named Professor Emerita at Southern Wesleyan University, where she has taught since 1980. Her experience in higher education also includes teaching at Limestone, Trident Technical College, Tri-County Technical College, and USC. During her career she also taught at Liberty, Lexington, and Summerville High Schools and at Dent Junior High School. Laura was the Teacher of the Year at Walhalla High in 2009-10, at Liberty High School in 1990-91. She was also a finalist for the Pickens County Teacher of the Year award in 1990. Additionally she was named “Faculty Member of the Year” three times at SWU. Since retiring from higher education in 2006, she has taught English and Latin at Walhalla High School, while teaching graduate courses at SWU and Anderson University as her schedule allows.
Career highlights include working as consultant, writer, and editor of the ADEPT Teacher Evaluation Instrument for the South Carolina Department of Education from 1993-94. She also served on the State Department of Education Teacher Education Evaluation Teams for Coker College, Erskine College and USC-Spartanburg. She has also chaired the Educational Programs and Faculty committees for SACS reviews. In 2006, she was NCATE Contextual Framework Editor and Writer for Southern Wesleyan University and she worked on the school’s NCTE Standards Report for NCATE Accreditation. She served as president of the South Carolina Departments of English in 2004-2005. Laura received the Presidential Citation for Service to Southern Wesleyan University (2006) and the Governor's Distinguished Professor Award (2000).
Laura is a charter member of the Newberry College President’s Club, a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary, and a member of the Newberry Athletic Club. A 1971 Bachman Honor Society member, Laura received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Newberry College in 1984 and has served on the Alumni Board of Managers and the Kappa Delta Alumnae Advisory Boards for Newberry and Clemson.
Laura is married to Ron Black, a retired high school administrator and social studies teacher. They have a son and a daughter and also enjoy their two grandsons.
Joel M. Carter graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in Cayce, S.C., in 1978. He continued his education at Clemson University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Architecture in 1982; a Bachelor of Science degree in Building, Construction and Management in 1983; and an Overseas Study in Genoa, Italy through the College of Architecture in 1983.
Carter’s 23 years of architectural experience includes expertise in design, construction documents and job observation on all types of corporate, educational and church building facilities; as well as managing a staff of 16 architects, CAD technicians, designers and administrative personnel. Carter has been a Registered Architect in the state of South Carolina since 1990, and a principal of Jumper Carter Sease Architects, formerly Drafts & Jumper Architects, since 1991. His professional organizations include: American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, AIA SC Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005; and AIA/AGC Joint Cooperative Committee, 1998 – present; former chairman 1999 – 2003.
In the community, he has been involved with the Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, 1985 – present; Lexington Chamber of Commerce; Saint Stephen Lutheran Church - Church Council Member, 1997 – 2000; Speakers’ Bureau for 2004 Bond Referendum – Lexington School District One; Task Force for Facilities Nomenclature, 2003 - Lexington School District One; and Lexington County Board of Adjusters, 2005 - present.
Carter enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting and traveling. He is a dedicated Newberry College and Clemson football fan. He is married to Dee H. Carter, MD, formerly of Rock Hill, S.C. They have one son, Tyler, who is a graduate of Newberry College.
Trey Castles is a 1994 graduate of Newberry College. He later earned a doctor of medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, in 2000. He is currently a physician at Pediatric Associates.
He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, SC Chapter, the South Carolina Medical Association, the Medical University of South Carolina Alumni Association, and the Newberry College Athletic Club and Letterman's Club. He has been awarded the Richard J. Davis, MD Award and the Biadin Rolden Award in 2003 upon completion of his Residency. He was also awarded the Philip T. Kelly, Jr. Award (Newberry College Young Alumnus Award) in 1999.
His is currently on the Health and Welfare Committee at Shandon United Methodist Church and assists in church and community health education events. He is an executive member of the Bearcat Booster Club at Brookland Cayce High School where he coordinates fund-raising activites and sporting events.
He is married to Elizabeth Chitty Castles and they have four children.
Paul is a 1979 Graduate of Newberry College where he received a B.A in Econmics. He then went on to University of South Carolina School of Law where he received his J.D. 1988. He is currently a Partner with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (Partner; Chair of Labor and Employment Practice) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
His accomplishments include: Professional/Business/Personal/Volunteer (last 10 years): Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Litigation – Labor and Employment and Employment Law – Management Side (multiple years); named as a North Carolina Super Lawyer ® (multiple years); U. S. Selective Service Commission, Board Member (2003-2007); Raleigh-Wake Human Resource Managers Association, various roles (2005-present); Triangle Society for Human Resource Management, various roles (2005-present); USO of North Carolina, Volunteer (2007-present); Cary Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Cary (2007-2008); White Plains Children’s Center, Board Member (2008-2012; Chair 2010-2011); author and co-author of dozens of magazine articles and books on a variety of labor, employment, and intellectual property topics.
He is married to Mary P. Derrick and they have two children; Michael and Elizabeth and two grandchildren; Ainsley and Brandon. They make their home in Cary, North Carolina.
Larry DiBiase is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina, graduating from Winyah High School in 1965. He graduated from Newberry College in 1969 with a BA in History and Political Science and earned his M.A.T. Degree in Administration and Physical Education in 1974 from Winthrop University. While attending Newberry, he was a member of the Men's Basketball and Baseball teams, Student Sports Information Director, Dorm Councelor, Chairman of the State Student Legislature and Social Chairman of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
He was a successful high school basketball coach at Camden High School, reaching the State Playoffs all 4 years, an assistant basketball coach at the Baptist College, now Charleston Southern University and returned to his alma mater, becoming the head basketball coach in 1977, leading the indians to five 20+ win season in his six years as head coach. For the past 23 years, her has been a State Farm Agent in Camden, S.C. He's a member of State Farm's President's Club, Legion of Honor, Silver Scroll, Golden Triangle, Millionaire Club, Health Honor Club and RVP Council.
He is the former President of the Newberry College Alumni Association and a member of the President's club, Athletic Club, and Letterman's Club. He's an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, worked with the hospital foundation and been active in the Recreation Department of Kershaw County.
He was married for 33 and a half years to the former Fran Hall DiBiase (deceased) and has three children, a daughter and twin sons, all born in Newberry, and three grandchildren: Carmen DiBiase Atkins, (Mac) and grandsons Tilden Elliott and Carter McMillian; son Angelo DiBiase, (Margaret) and granddaughter Pearson Sue; and son Gabriel Gene (Mallie).
William Edward “Eddie” Gunn
A native of Florence, SC, Eddie Gunn graduated from Newberry College in 1971 with B.A. in History. While at Newberry, he was a member of the Men’s Council, Vice President of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and Delegation Chairman for the SC State Student Legislature. He currently serves as the President of the Newberry College Alumni Association.
Immediately following graduation, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator in public and independent schools. In 1987, he transitioned to SC state government. During his tenure with the state, he has served as Senior Executive Assistant to Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr., Director of the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, Interim Director of the SC Department of Public Safety, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Mark Sanford, and Chief of Staff for the SC Budget and Control Board. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for the SC Comptroller General.
Eddie and his wife, Markie, currently reside in Columbia, SC. They have four adult children, Michael Gunn ’96, Elizabeth Reardon, Mae Todd Mullins, and Chelsey Griffin, and six grandchildren. They attend First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
R. Jonathan "Shot" Hart has been associated with the law firm of Lee and Clark, P.C. since 1976. In 1982 he became a partner with the firm, and in 1989 he became managing partner of Lee, Black, Hart & Rouse, P.C. His specialized field of practice includes diverse areas of civil litigation on behalf of business and institutional clients, and representation of clients in commercial conflict resolution; workers compensation; employment discrimination law, Title VII; sexual harassment; class actions; products liability; ERISA claims; insurance defense litigation (including common carriers); commercial contract litigation; and land use planning matters. His criminal law representation is limited to representation required by order of the Federal District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hart has also served as the Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Rincon, Ga.; Recorders Court Judge pro tem - Port Wentworth, Ga.; Georgia Special Assistant Attorney General (Georgia Ports Authority); attorney for Savannah/Chatham County Board of Education; and attorney for Chatham County Hospital Authority (1996-1999). Currently, he is the attorney for Chatham County, Ga. (1999 to present).
His professional memberships include: American Bar Association, Savannah Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, South Carolina Bar Association, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association Section on Judicial Administration Division, American Bar Association Division of Labor and Employment Law, American Bar Association Section on Litigation, Georgia Bar Association Section on Environmental Law, Labor and Employment Law Section and Workers' Compensation Law Section, and Pro Bono work for Lawyers Referral Service.
Hart graduated from Newberry College in 1973, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1976. During his time at USC, he was a Research Assistant to Walter A. Reiser, Law Professor; assisted in the preparation of text materials and civil procedure involving South Carolina Code pleadings; and a research assistant for the compilation of cases to be used for publication of Wigmore on Evidence (1974-1976). At Newberry College, he was a recipient of a four-year full athletic scholarship and lettered three years as a member of the varsity football; a member of Blue Key Honor Fraternity; Senior Class President; Student Senate Representative; President of Fellowship Christian Athletes; Student Representative to the Arts and Lecture Committee Curriculum and Faculty Evaluation Committee; and President of the Student Advisory Committee.
In the community, he is a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, council person for Messiah Lutheran Church, former member of the Board of Newberry College Foundation, former member of YMCA Family Center Board, active participant for over 13 years in YMCA and other youth-related sports programs, active participant in the United Cerebral Palsy Association, and a member of the Civitan Club.
After graduating from Newberry College, Ed began working for Palmetto Propane & Ice and Havird Oil Company. Ed is currently the president of the company.
He has served as president of the Batesburg-Leesville Chamber of Commerce, the Ponderosa Country Club, and the South Carolina Propane Gas Association. He currently serves on the Deacon Board at First Baptist Church of Batesburg and the SCANA Advisory Board. He is also a Mentor at the Batesburg-Leesville School.
Ed and Sharon are members of the Newberry College President’s Club, both having served on the Executive Committee. They have hosted several socials for alumni and friends of the Midlands in their home.
Robert “Bob” Franklin James, II, graduated from Newberry College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Before coming to Newberry, James attended and graduated from Camden Military Academy located in Camden, S.C., in 1975. He currently serves as Owner and President of Thermaflo Engineering Company Inc., a manufacturer of steam fired specialty equipment in Charlotte, N.C. From 1979-1982 he was a Sales Representative for Mec-tric Controls Company, President of Spirax Sarco Inco, Representative Association from 1996-1998, and Owner and President of The R. F. James Company, from 1983-1999.
At Newberry College James served as President of Tau kappa Epsilon Fraternity, President of the Newberry College Golf Association and was a member of the Golf Team, Interfraternity Counsel, and Students for Political Action. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Omicron Theta Tau Kappa Alumni Association and served as President of the TKE Alumni Association.
James and his wife Verice Williams of Georgetown, S.C., live in Marvin, N.C., with their children Shaw and Sara.
Fred B. Johnston, II, is from White Rock, S.C. Johnston attended Cornell University for two years, studying engineering as well as liberal arts. He transferred to Northwestern and graduated with a degree in business in 1961. He is retired from F. B. Johnston Graphics.
Johnston has served as Chairman and CEO of F.B. Johnston Graphics, Chairman of the Screen Printing Technical Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation, Chairman of Saluda Shoals Foundation and Founding Member and Chairman of Digital Graphics Group/International. He also serves a member of the Board of Directors for both the Midland Technical College Foundation and the Screen Printing & Graphic Imaging Association. Johnston is a recipient of the Parmalee Award, which is the highest recognition given in his industry.
He is married to Derlie Johnston and they have three children, Fred B. Johnston, III, Scott G. Johnston and Allison Henry.
Hugo A. “Hap” Pearce has been a member of the of the law firm Burris, MacMillan, Pearce and Burris, PLLC in Charlotte, N.C., since 1995. He represents small businesses and individuals in North Carolina and South Carolina in all aspects of their business operations, including the acquisition and sale of properties, mergers, and civil litigation. He has been involved in the sale, acquisition, and financing of more than 250 hotels, commercial properties, and other businesses.
Hap was born in Charleston, S.C. In 1967, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Newberry College. While at Newberry, he was president of Kappa Alpha Order, member of State Student Legislature, and representative for Men’s Council. His honors include membership in the Blue Key Honor society and Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.After graduating from Newberry, he attended the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, S.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1973.
He and his wife, Janice Davis Pearce, currently reside in Charlotte, N.C. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Barbara Smith graduated from Newberry College in 1965 with a B.S in Biology. Her other education includes the Citadel, Charleston, S.C - M.A.T. - Area of concentration- Mathematics (1972-1973) and Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut in pursuit of Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration (1989).
Smith’s professional experiences include Head of School at King Low-Heywood Thomas School, Stamford, CT (retired 2002) where she also served as Director of Admissions, Head of Upper School, Head of Middle School, teacher of mathematics and science and coach from 1980-1998. As Head of School she served on all standing committees of the Board of Trustees. In 1986-1989 she took a leave of absence to teach mathematics and chair the Math/ Science department at the Saudi Arabian International School in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
From 1965-1980 her experience included teaching middle and high school mathematics and science in Florida, South Carolina and Delaware. She also served as Budget Director for the Charleston County Public Schools (1969-70). Smith has served on and/or chaired accreditation teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and European Council of Independent Schools (ECIS). She has also served on the Board of Directors for CAIS and the National Council for Community and Justice. During her tenure at King Low-Heywood Thomas School she attended the Independent School Management Institute Middle School Heads and the National Association of Independent Schools Summer Institute for Heads of School.
Since returning to South Carolina in August of 2009 she has become active in the Pelion community where she serves on the Pelion Town Council, is president of the Ruritan Club, volunteers at the Pelion High School and acts as a substitute organist for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she if a member. Smith also serves on the Newberry College Foundation Board of Visitors.
A professional in the field, Surles has served as a director and president of the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS, director and twice president of the Charleston MLS Service, and as a GRI Instructor. In addition, he was named REALTOR of the Year in 1987 by the Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS. In 2012, Surles was named REALTOR Emiratas by the National Association of REALTORS.
Active in his community, Surles is a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, a past member and Chairman of the Mount Pleasant Board of Adjustment, past chairman of the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission, and past member of the Charleston County Election Commission and the Charleston County Parks of Recreation Commission.
At Newberry College, Surles served for five years on the Foundation Board and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2006. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Newberry College Foundation.
Surles has two children (Mark and Mat), and four grandchildren (Reid, Katie, Lillie, and David).
Joseph A. Trainor, III is the owner of Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet-Pontiac-Cadillac-Buick-GMC in Newberry, S.C. He has 27 years of experience in the automotive industry including sales professional, business manager, general sales manager, general manager and owner.
Active in his community, Trainor is a member of Colony Lutheran Church and serves on the Church council. He is currently a member of the Newberry Business Alliance Board, Newberry County Memorial Hospital Board (Vice Chairman) and Newberry County YMCA Board. He has served on the Newberry Chamber of Commerce/Development Board, Newberry County Airport Commission and Newberry County Hospital Foundation. Joe is also a member of the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee.
Joe and his wife, Carla, live in Prosperity, S.C. and have two sons, John Wesley and Samuel Christian.
Eric Wells graduated from Newberry College in 1987. At Newberry he is chairman of the Athletic Club Board of Advisors.
Wells is cofounder and co-owner of Southeastern Insurance Consultants. He has worked in all facets of the employee benefits industry since getting his start as service representative for Jefferson Pilot in 1989. He has gone on to successfully manage territories for both Jefferson Pilot and Mid-South Insurance Company, before getting into the broker side in 1999. Since then, Wells has gone on to assist many clients with their health, life and dental plans.
Misty West is the daughter of Billy and Peggie West of Newberry. She was born in Newberry and attended Newberry Academy and then Newberry High School. Starting in high school, Misty became active in the community through church and civic organizations through school. She attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C. graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts.
After graduation, Misty returned to the family business to assist her father in expanding into land development, real estate investments, and general contracting. For the last 25 years, she has worked to build retail, commercial and industrial facilities in Newberry County. She has been active in recruiting businesses to Newberry County which has created hundreds of jobs. In 2009, Misty led an effort to secure, finance, and restore the Historic Oak Mill on Fair Avenue, providing housing for NEewberry College thus offering Newberry it's first market rate luxury apartments. She continues to to work with the Oakland project to ensure the positive impact on the entire area known as the Oakland Mill Village.
Misty has been an active supporter of Newberry College over the past 25 years in business. She holds the honor of having worked in or on every building on campus. Many of these projects she has designed for the College and worked to deliver the most cost effective solution. It has truly been her pleasure to assist the school in any way possible. Her desire is to see the continued growth and success of the college and its strong positive impact on the Newberry community.
Born in Concord, N.C., The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos III graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Southern, in Columbia. He studied at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and earned a doctorate in ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
Yoos was ordained in 1979 and served as pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlotte, N.C., and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Charleston, S.C., before Good Shepherd Lutheran Church called him to Columbia in 1996.
He and his wife Cindy are parents of three adult children.