Jim Henry, Chair of the Hiwassee College Board of Trustees, has announced the Board has accepted the resignation of The Rev. Dr. James Noseworthy as President effective April 30, 2010. Dr. Noseworthy, who completed his seventh year as President in February 2010, will accept another position in United Methodist-related higher education.
Dr. Noseworthy led Hiwassee through the process of obtaining accreditation with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) following loss of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Dr. Noseworthy worked tirelessly on behalf of the college to insure that Hiwassee remains accredited by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
Under Noseworthy’s leadership, the college has improved facilities and addressed deferred maintenance issues. Educational programs and delivery methods were evaluated and revised, leading to expanded programs and degrees. These include on-line education; new initiatives in dental hygiene and equestrian studies; and baccalaureate degrees in interdisciplinary liberal arts.
Mr. Henry, an alumnus of Hiwassee, spoke for the Board, stating, “By regaining accreditation status and the eligibility to receive federal and state funding for our students, Hiwassee can continue its mission of providing a Christian foundation for higher education and spiritual development.
“These are trying economic and fiscal times for our community and Hiwassee College. An essential element for success will be the continued support from the private sector; i.e., those generous alumni, individuals and corporate donors whose financial gifts insure the future of Hiwassee’s mission and strong academic program.”
The Board of Trustees expressed appreciation to Dr. Noseworthy for his significant contributions on behalf of Hiwassee. Mr. Henry reported a search process is currently underway to select a new President. He stated, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend thanksgiving and affirmation to President Noseworthy, the faculty, and the staff of Hiwassee, whose dedication and faithfulness keeps the vision and mission of Hiwassee alive. For 161 years, through good and bad times, Hiwassee has stood as a beacon of hope and progress in Monroe County, providing a Christian foundation for higher education and spiritual development for many thousands of students. We wish Dr. Noseworthy much success in his future endeavors. We assure the Hiwassee community and students that the goal of providing a superior educational opportunity remains our highest priority.”