Summer 2015

Anonymous Donor Plants $50,000 Dempsey Scholarship Seed

Brenau’s senior development director Robert Shippey spent part of his career as a minister, which compelled him at times to listen sympathetically, but with a dispassionate poker face, to the most tear-jerking, heart-ringing tales. Yet he admits that a few weeks ago he lost all vestiges of that studied stoicism when that almost-can’t-swallow catch one […]


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More than a year into the largest fundraising initiative in Brenau history, the ForeverGold campaign has exceeded 63% of its $40 million goal. How did we get to this point, and where do we go from here? The news was not merely good. It was great. Brenau University President Ed Schrader and members of the […]

What’s Happening With The Women’s Education Initiative

Throughout the institution’s 137-year history, it has been often said that Women’s College students learn leadership skills at Brenau because all the leaders in Women’s College organizations are women. True enough, but in the 2014-15 academic year, Brenau launched an initiative that literally institutionalizes the process – a curriculum- and experienced-based Women’s Leadership Undergraduate Certificate […]

What’s Happening With The Health Sciences Initiative

OT ‘Elite’ Status Draws Top Students. Dr. Barbara Schell, the gregarious founding director of the School of Occupational Therapy, quips that her department will use any excuse to gather around a cake to celebrate. For example, they had a cake-cutting for the first day of school for the eight candidates enrolled in the inaugural OT doctoral […]

What’s Happening With The Student Access And Experience Initiative

We often think of the college and university experience as a student’s first bold step into the world and as a doorway to endless possibilities. Brenau embraces that philosophy for the 137-year-old institution’s mission. The ForeverGold campaign provides for broader access to what Brenau offers and to richer experiences on campus and around the world. […]

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 […]

The ‘Very’ Quotable Dr. Dana Barr

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Reuters this year declared Dana Boyd Barr one of the most quoted environmental scientists in the world because of her expertise in global public health issues. On a late afternoon at the end of August, the Emory University campus in Atlanta has that new-school-year buzz of excitement. Shiny blue and gold balloons deck the main […]

Brenau is ‘Best for Vets’

In its quest to win recognition as one of the most military-friendly schools in the country, Brenau hit an unexpected goal when it ranked No.12 in the Southeast among comprehensive universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Schools for Veterans” survey. In only the second year that the magazine has ranked institutions that […]

Sustaining Georgia Culture

Over three decades, two Georgia organizations – the state government agency, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the private, nonprofit Georgia Humanities Council – have publicly honored individuals and organizations for their contributions to the arts and humanities in the state. During that time, parts of colleges and universities, including the University of Georgia […]

New Teams Signal ‘Era of the Athlete’

Athletics and sports always have had a place in Brenau’s notion of the well-rounded student. However, future historians might well define 21st-century Brenau as the era of the student-athlete. Starting with the 2015-16 academic year, the Women’s College will attract to the rolls an additional 30 to 40 young women who will be both students […]