Anne Skleder

Brenau University President Anne Skleder to participate in education panel discussion

Nov 13, 2020
Ben McDade

Brenau University President Anne Skleder will participate in one of three panel discussions as part of the Focus Atlanta Official Virtual Launch Conference Nov. 19 on the topic of Inclusive Education: Diversity and its impact on upward mobility.

The annual conference is sponsored by Capital Analytics, which produces in-depth business intelligence with a focus on providing comprehensive investment knowledge on markets within the United States for the domestic and global business community.

Skleder is especially well positioned to address this topic as Brenau consistently rates high in Campus Ethnic Diversity, Social Mobility and Economic Diversity by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. In the publication’s recent 2021 report, Brenau was top in the state and second in the region in Economic Diversity. The university also ranked No. 2 in Georgia in Social Mobility and was the top university in the state and tied for sixth overall in Campus Ethnic Diversity. Brenau also was ranked the No. 3 Best Regional University and No. 3 Best Value Schools in Georgia.

“I am honored to be part of this panel discussion as this topic is important to me personally and is a hallmark of Brenau,” Skleder said. “Many Brenau students are the first in their families to attend college, and many come from underrepresented groups. We know that a college degree transforms the trajectory of the lives of our graduates and their families, and these rankings attest to our commitment to these students. And as the rankings indicate, a Brenau degree also is considered a high value investment.”

Brenau University has been providing access to higher education since 1878 when women had few alternatives. Today, this tradition continues for women through The Women’s College and its graduate programs. The robust number of first-generation students, people of color and students eligible for Pell grants attests to the university’s continuing commitment to access to a quality education.

Skleder will be joined on the panel by facilitator Belle Wheelan, current president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the first African American and first woman to serve in this capacity; Leocadia Zak, president of Agnes Scott College; Brendan Kelly, president of the University of West Georgia; and George French, president of Clark Atlanta University.

The panel discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Nov. 19. Registration is free and reservations can be made at
For more information about the event, contact Chris Chapman, executive director at Capital Analytics, at 980-272-0690 or