Jody Wall Becomes Brenau President’s Chief of Staff

Aug 25, 2011
Rudi Kiefer
Jody York Wall, who for the past decade has been an administrative anchor in the executive offices of Brenau University, has been named chief of staff to Brenau President Ed Schrader.

Wall joined the Brenau executive team in 2001 as assistant to then-President John S. Burd.

Following Burd’s announced retirement, she assisted the search committee for the Brenau Board of Trustees in identifying a replacement, and then transitioned to Schrader’s staff when he took the helm at Brenau in 2005.

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“Jody has been an invaluable asset to me, to this office and to this university,” said Schrader. “She is the consummate professional who has confidence of every member of the executive team, the trustees and all others with whom she has had contact.”

In addition to her ongoing routine administrative functions, Wall in her new role will be assuming additional administrative duties for the president to help maintain his focus on more strategic issues.

“Brenau has a very small, very horizontal, very open administrative structure,” said Wall. “Sometimes in such an organization there are some details of day-to-day operations that simply do not need to consume an inordinate amount of the president’s time and attention,”

“However,” she added, “I don’t see the position as one of a gatekeeper who limits access to the president, but one as making sure the gate is open when it needs to be and not clogged by minutia.”

Wall, who lives in Clarkesville, Ga., with her husband, David, and wiemaraner named Elton, completed a Master of Education degree in 1996 at North Georgia College & State University where she also completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in social science secondary education three years earlier. She worked initially in corporate communications for Georgia Power Co. in Tallulah Falls, Ga., with a second job as assistant to the dean of off-campus academic affairs at Truett-McConnell College.

Her career path, however, steered her into higher education as she moved up the ranks in the Cleveland, Ga.-based college. By time she left Truett-McConnell for Brenau, she was associate dean of academic affairs with both administrative an academic oversight responsibilities.

Outside the office, she also has been involved with Habersham Community Theater as both a member of the acting troupe and a member of the board of directors. She is also Girls in Action leader for 9- to 12-year-old girls at Clarkesville Baptist Church.

Originally published on 10/12/10