John Grant Newman was the fourth president and first male to be appointed president of Western College. Newman was born in Dandridge, Tennessee in 1863. He graduated from Maryville College and Union Theological Seminary in Union, New York. At the time of his appointment to the Western presidency he was a minister of a Presbyterian church in Wyoming, Ohio. Newman served as president of Western from 1908 until 1912 and is credited with securing the institutions endowment, raising academic standards, reorganization of the faculty, establishing a order of progress from instructor to professor and beginning the yearbook the "Multifaria". He died on September 27, 1956.