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Letter: A Truly Great Academic Year

by Dr. Maurice Scherrens | President of Newberry College - May 12, 2022


Dear Members of the Newberry College Community,


Congratulations! We have reached the bittersweet end of one of the best academic years in Newberry College history – certainly one of the very best during my time here. On a personal note, this has been my tenth academic year as president, and I can’t think of a better way to close one decade and begin another.


We broke ground on an unprecedented three major campus construction projects – the Nursing & Health Science Center, Athletic Stadium Phase II, and the new residence hall. Construction is set to begin on each of these projects after commencement. We began classes for our first new graduate program, the Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership, and we look forward to celebrating its first class of graduates this summer. We announced our new Quality Enhancement Plan, reaffirming our commitment to paving a clear pathway for students from matriculation to graduation. We welcomed our new campus pastor, the Rev. David Coffman, and celebrated his wonderful installation service on May 4.


We brought home the conference championship in football, along with especially stellar seasons in wrestling, women’s tennis, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and esports. We added a new sport, women’s rugby, which is set to begin soon. And we welcomed our new athletic director, Sean Johnson, who is already off to a great start.


We launched a new program specifically designed for students with dyslexia, the first of its kind in South Carolina. After years of hard work and planning, we welcomed the Upsilon Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., with 15 women making history as charter members. And finally, we celebrated the end of the Scaling the Summit comprehensive capital campaign.


This is just an overview of some of the things we have accomplished together in this academic year. When you see all these institutional achievements together, it really has been an incredibly impressive year. And we have even more great things in the works for next year.


None of these achievements would have been possible without the hard work of our faculty, staff, and coaches. You made this all possible.


To our spring graduates, we are so proud of all you have accomplished. We look forward to celebrating you at commencement this Saturday, May 14.


In closing, I wish you all the best as you finish out this semester, as you travel home, and make plans for the summer. For our graduates, we wish you good luck and Godspeed as you prepare to embark on life’s next chapter. For our returning students, I look forward to seeing you back on campus for another exciting semester this fall.


Take care and Go Wolves.


Maurice W. Scherrens


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