From left: Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and Brenau President Anne Skleder sign a renewal of the agreement between the district and university for the Ivester Early College program as Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation President Lynn Darby, center, and Brenau faculty and administrators look on.
From left: Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield and Brenau President Anne Skleder sign a renewal of the agreement between the district and university for the Ivester Early College program as Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation President Lynn Darby, center, and Brenau faculty and administrators look on. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

President Skleder renews agreement with Ivester Early College

Jan. 30, 2020
Kristen Bowman
From left: Will Schofield, Lynn Darby and Anne Skleder
From left: Will Schofield, Lynn Darby and Anne Skleder

Brenau President Anne Skleder and Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield signed an agreement for the university’s continued participation in the Howard E. Ivester Early College on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Ivester Early College is a Hall County School District program that gives students the opportunity to earn college credit and certificates while completing a high school diploma. Similar to dual enrollment, high school students are taught by college professors from Brenau, the University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College, but rather than travel to one of these institutions, the professors teach them on their own campus with other high school students.

In August 2019, the Melvin Douglas and Victoria Kay Ivester Foundation committed $2.2 million for the Early College, resulting in the renaming in honor of Doug Ivester’s father. Lynn Darby, president of the foundation, was also present at the signing Wednesday.

Schofield thanked Darby, Skleder and the Brenau faculty gathered for their support of the district’s more than 28,000 students.

“Thank you,” Skleder added in return. “We at Brenau are so honored to be involved in this partnership for the future of Hall County.”

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