Chad Newell to Speak at WCU Graduation

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 15, 2013 - Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, will speak at William Carey University’s graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Nearly 800 students will graduate from WCU in four ceremonies.

In addition to his position as president of ADP, Newell is also the president of the regional Chamber of Commerce, the Community Development Division and the Economic Division for Greater Hattiesburg. Before moving to Hattiesburg in 2009, Newell spent nearly two decades involved in economic development circles in Tennessee, Alabama, and across Southeast Mississippi.
In Tennessee, he spent three years as a developer with Newton Oldacre McDonald, a full-service retail development firm based in Nashville. He spent the previous 10 years in Alabama assisting existing businesses with expansion plans and recruiting new companies to the state. Newell was an integral part of teams that led to billions of dollars in capital investments and thousands of new jobs created across the state of Alabama. He also served as executive vice president with the Metropolitan Development Board in Birmingham for three years, and as the economic development director for the City of Opelika for four years. Before Opelika, Newell was the business development director for the Mobile area chamber of commerce. He has also worked for the Center for Policy Research and Planning in Jackson and with other economic development agencies in Southeast Mississippi during graduate school.

A native of Meridian, Newell completed his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and his master’s from the University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 19 years and have three children; Garrett, Jordan, and Brooks.

Pictured is Chad Newell, president of the Area Development Partnership, who will serve as guest speaker for William Carey University’s graduate school graduation ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium.