Dr. Hepzibah Newman, who contributed to the establishment of Newman International Academy, gave her name to the school. From the inception of the Academy, she made a positive impact on children and youth around the world as an educator. She was 89 years old when she passed away in 2015. She was Founder Principal of Kishnammal College, University of Coimbatore, India and established over 20 educational institutions, which now have over 34,000 students. Dr. Newman was the mother of Dr. Sheba George, Superintendent of Newman International Academy.