Newberry College Searching For New Leader After President Abruptly Resigns

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Newberry College’s president abruptly resigned late last week, and the small, Lutheran-affiliated college has named an interim to replace him.

Scott Koerwer, 45, issued a statement Friday saying he was resigning for “personal and family reasons.” He moved out of the president’s residence immediately, the statement said. Koerwer will continue working at Newberry as a professor of business administration.

In an email to The State newspaper, Koerwer said he and an old friend from Consultative Education Partners were working on a couple of ideas and a few consulting projects. And, “I may just look at another higher education opportunity down the road,” he wrote. Koerwer is a partner in the consulting firm, which is based in Columbia, Md., according to its website.

John H. Hudgens II will serve as interim president while the board searches for Koerwer’s replacement. This is Hudgens’ second tour as interim president at Newberry College. He was interim after Mick Zais resigned in 2010 after 10 years as college president. Zais is now the S.C. education superintendent.

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