President’s Message

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 ancestry.com 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 […]

The Future is not What it Used to Be

Ed Schrader

When I look back at old newspaper clippings that quoted me, some things bring smiles of personal warmth and satisfaction. Others generate a slight tinge of embarrassment when they reveal today that only a few years ago I may not have been as farsighted as I thought. Don’t bother Googling. I will own up to […]

Why Must Brenau Raise $40 Million Now?

SHORTLY BEFORE my March presentation on financial management to a group of new college and university presidents in Washington, D. C., at the American Council on Education annual meeting, a detailed article appeared in the Washington Post newspaper about the collapse of Sweet Briar, the 109-year-old Virginia women’s college. The seemingly “ripped-from-the-headlines” nature of my talk […]

Practical Art, Practical Science

To help commemorate the university’s 135th anniversary and to celebrate the opening of the new Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, planners for this spring’s Brenau Gala developed the theme “The Art & Science of Brenau.” That truly captures the essence of the university. The Brenau Downtown Center represents a nexus of that expression.  First, it […]

Does Brenau Need a Women’s College?

For 135 years, an all-female institution has been the heart and soul of what is now Brenau University. Indeed, for 93 years – up until the time trustees changed the institution’s charter to pave the way to multiple coeducational campuses, online degrees, and graduate programs – the Women’s College WAS Brenau. In today’s collection of […]

Higher Ed 101

A continual irritant for me as a university president is reading in a publication like The Wall Street Journal a headline that says something like “Is a Four-year College Degree Really Worth It?” In these pieces some higher education expert (often “self-appointed”) seizes on a bit of data about unemployment rates among recent graduates or anecdotal […]

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