Melinda Pinson, president’s wife at Welch College, will officially become Hospitality and Donor Relations Liaison and Adjunct Instructor at the college, according to Dr. Jeff Crabtree, chairman of the Welch Board of Trustees. Her part-time post, which begins June 1, will also revolve around design and campus beautification. Pinson will continue volunteering over and above her part-time role.
“For fifteen years Mrs. Pinson has served the college well in a volunteer capacity, overseeing high-level hospitality events, engaging in donor-relations with key college supporters, training and mentoring young women and ministry wives, consulting on design and beautification issues on campus, teaching etiquette, and more,” Crabtree said.
“With the transition to the new campus, the scope of her duties has expanded, and the Board decided to formalize her existing role in this new part-time position. The Board has always appreciated the grace and excellence Mrs. Pinson brings to the Welch College community, and we’re excited about giving her an official title to match the important role she has played at Welch.”
A graduate of Catawba College (B.A., sociology and philosophy) and Yale University (M.A.R., sociology of religion), she has been married to Welch president Matt Pinson for 23 years. Before the birth of their children, Anna (17) and Matthew (15), Pinson served in numerous hospitality-industry roles. These included roles at Catawba, Yale, and Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and later executive director of a not-for-profit historic Victorian hotel and restaurant while she served as a pastor’s wife in Georgia. Pinson has written and spoken on hospitality, biblical womanhood, and ministry wives issues in a number of venues.