Schrader on the cover of 'Brenau Magazine,' now 'Brenau Window,' in 2005.
Schrader on the cover of 'Brenau Magazine,' now 'Brenau Window,' in 2005.
Brenau University President Ed Schrader, center, welcomes faculty and alumni to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville for a private songwriter's-in-the-round Thursday, Dec. 4.
Schrader examines the Dare Stone during filming of 'Return to Roanoke: Search for the Seven,' a History Channel program, in 2016.
Brandelyn Nagy douses Brenau University President Ed Schrader with a bucket of ice water as she and the rest of the Brenau Competitive Cheer team and President Schrader take the ALS ice bucket challenge.
Schrader takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.

President Schrader’s Tenure

Brenau University experienced unprecedented growth under President Ed Schrader’s leadership.

2+2 Partnerships

After the People’s Republic of China and Anhui Province approved an agreement between Brenau University and Anhui Normal University in 2014, the first cohort started at Brenau in 2016 with 18 early childhood education majors. In 2019, approximately 70 students from Anhui Normal are expected at Brenau in three majors: early childhood education, English and interior design.

Youlanda Xuan Guan, an education student in a 2+2 partnership between Brenau and Anhui Normal University in China, works with a first grader at Fair Street International Academy on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Brenau players pile on on the ground celebrating after winning the championship game of the SSAC conference tournament against Mobile. Brenau won 2-1 in nine inning. Brenau's finished SSAC play, both regular season and the conference tournament 30-0. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)


Brenau Athletics added 10 sports from 2005 to 2019 for a total of 15. During this same timeframe, student athletes increased from 58 to 214 with this group holding at least an average cumulative 3.0 GPA.


From January 2005 to January 2019, the university secured $55.26 million from more than 51,000 gifts through fundraising efforts. These efforts culminated in the successful completion of the ForeverGold: An Extraordinary Legacy campaign last year that netted $42.39 million.

Doug Ivester and Kay Ivester pose for a photo next to a rendering of the Brenau East with the lettering of the Ivester College of Health Sciences during an event announcing the naming of the Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Kay Ivester removes the covering from the sign for the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing during the dedication of the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

Health Sciences

From 2007 through 2010, Brenau conducted an extensive feasibility study to examine starting a medical school. While the study found the timing to be impractical for a medical school, the process began the metamorphosis of the current Ivester College of Health Sciences. Today, the Ivester College of Health Sciences includes the School of Occupational Therapy, the Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Mathematics & Science and the Department of Psychology.


Total net assets and liabilities under Schrader’s leadership increased 47 percent from $84.47 million to $123.79 million between 2005 and 2018. Investments saw a 31 percent increase to $50.3 million. Property, plant and equipment increased 61 percent to $48.4 million, including the addition of Brenau East, the Brenau Downtown Center, Ernest Ledford Grindle Athletics Park, four sorority houses, New Hall, and campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Fairburn, Georgia. In close partnership with former Brenau
President Jack Burd, Brenau’s art collection increased in value by 165 percent to $8.96 million and more than 4,000 works for a total of more than 6,500 works.

Aerial view of the Jesse Jewell side of the Brenau University Downtown Center
Juli Clay demonstrates online course administration

Online Degrees

From 2005 to 2019, online majors increased from 18 to 53, courses increased from 162 to 829, and student enrollment increased from 262 to 1,420.

Terminal Degrees

In 2004, Brenau had one terminal degree: the Master of Fine Arts in interior design. In Schrader’s
tenure, the university added four doctoral programs: a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2012, an Occupational Therapy Doctorate in 2014, a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2015 and a Doctor of Education in 2019.

Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony

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