Newcomers to Host President of Lenoir-Rhyne University on July 11

HICKORY, NC (June 29, 2018)…Lenoir-Rhyne University president Fred Whitt will speak to Newcomers of Catawba Valley on Wednesday, July 11 at Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW, Hickory.

Dr. Whitt became the college’s 12th president on February 1, 2017, coming from Appalachian State University.  There he started ASU’s health science college, now the Boone university’s second largest college. Whitt was instrumental in forming an alliance between ASU and Wake Forest University’s school of medicine.  Lenoir-Rhyne University is making major advances in its health sciences programs, with the national accreditation of its Master of Public Health and its first graduating class in its new Physician Assistant program.  The University has also announced plans to offer degrees in Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Dr. Whitt is a native of Mount Holly.  His talk will begin at 10:30 a.m.   The public is invited and welcome to attend.

Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs.  The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong.  General meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.  For more information, visit

Press Release by Denise Bukovan