President’s Message

Listening, learning in this grand adventure

Anne A. Skleder

In my new role as president of Brenau University, I am asked a lot of questions. The most popular ones are along the lines of, “What are your priorities for Brenau?” and, “What are you going to do?” Having been on the job for a scant amount of time within the context of this 141-year-old […]

The journey from a small town to the big city

On Feb. 19, Myra and I boarded the commuter train at Princeton Junction, New Jersey for the quick ride to Penn Station in New York City. We were on our way to our final reception as president and first lady for Brenau alumni and friends in the Big Apple. Internally, I am very traditional and […]

ForeverGold a reality with over $42 million

I have eagerly anticipated making this statement for years: We have successfully completed our $40 million ForeverGold: An Extraordinary Legacy campaign and surpassed our goal with a total of $42.39 million. This issue celebrates the accomplishments we have achieved together. Here, you will see the many ways Brenau University is a stronger institution today and […]

What’s art got to do with it?

College students can turn just about anything into an intercollegiate competition. When I was in elementary school, they were stuffing telephone booths. (Don’t know what those are? Ask your grandparents!) That gave way to teams trying to get as many people as they could into a Volkswagen Beetle. Recently, we have seen engineering schools race […]

Brenau a leader in wellness, well-being

Brenau President Ed Schrader speaks during an event announcing the naming of the Brenau University Ivester College of Health Sciences on Dec. 13 at the Brenau Downtown Center.

A person would need to be drastically out of touch to be unaware that one of the most persistent problems facing our country today is the American health care system. I say persistent because it has been going on since the White House days of Theodore Roosevelt, which began at the dawn of the 20th century, about the same […]

Higher education is great for America

Brenau University President Ed Schrader addresses graduates.

There is a lot of naysaying, blaming and finger-pointing going on in the world today. But the most dangerous, malicious, egregiously erroneous, anti-American lies propagated by some are that education is not as useful as it used to be and that educated folk tend to have an agenda. Those notions are simply not true. Such […]

Change through Strength, Leadership and Prestige

From left, nursing students Richard Gonzalez, Dara Atijosan and Jane Lim look on while Shemila Thompson practices nasogastric tube placement during a skills lab at Brenau East. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)
Probably the only encounter most of you have had with that Victorian and early Edwardian era torture device, the cinched corset, has been in watching the opening scenes of Gone with the Wind or season one of Downton Abbey. Certainly pre-World War I Brenau women knew what they were. I suspect that Brenau women, too, [...]

Conversation not Confrontation

Dr. Schrader holds blue t-shirt with white text that reads "Conversation not Confrontation."

P erhaps you have seen the television commercial that features a middle-aged man wearing lederhosen who grew up thinking he was of Bavarian ancestry only to discover through that he needed to change into a kilt, because he was actually of Scottish descent. The point is that today – with advanced genetic testing and […]

Experience Counts

Brenau President Ed Schrader poses for a photo with retired Rear Adm. Annie Andrews, the 2016 commencement speaker, who engineered the experience of several college presidents aboard an aircraft carrier to encourage programs to recruit women into the U.S. Navy. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

In early May, international news organizations reported that the Chinese government had canceled a scheduled visit to Hong Kong by the USS Stennis. The Navy supercarrier had been operating in the Asia-Pacific in the midst of ongoing tensions among the nations in the region over Chinese man-made islands in what otherwise would be considered international […]

Growing Gold

Brenau University President Ed Schrader welcomes faculty and staff to the opening meeting before the start of the 2015-16 school year.

Hardy souls still discover places in North Georgia between Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, not too far from the Brenau historic campus in Gainesville, where they can grab shovels and sluice pans then follow the red blazes hacked into pine trees on public lands to a nice, fast-running creek to see if they can hit the alluvial lottery. These ancient […]

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