President Ed Schrader Appointed to National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Board
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities on Feb. 3 elected Brenau University President Ed Schrader to a three-year term on the governing board of directors during the higher education public policy organization’s annual meeting in the nation’s capital.
Schrader is one of 14 new members of the 47-member board who assumed their responsibilities at the close of the annual NAICU meeting. The board advises NAICU’s committees on accountability, student aid, tax policy and policy analysis and public relations. Schrader will represent NAICU’s Region IV, which includes colleges and universities in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
“A stagnant economy, rapidly changing demographics and tightening fiscal constraints are among the unprecedented challenges facing private higher education today,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “Ed Schrader has a deep understanding of the issues our members face nationally, in the Southeast and on their own campuses. His experience, in combination with the other new board members, will be critical over the next 12 months as NAICU and our members navigate this period of change and challenge for American higher education.”
Comprising more than 1,000 members, NAICU represents private, nonprofit higher education institutions throughout the United States. The association works with another Brenau-affiliated organization, the Council of Independent Colleges, on a variety of issues affecting higher education, including college and university accountability, student loan and financial assistance policies and programs and campus voter registration.
“NAICU is the national body that speaks directly to Congress and the Department of Education on behalf of all private colleges and universities,” said Peter D. “Pete” Miller, who is chair of the Brenau University Board of Trustees. “This appointment to the organization’s leadership is indeed an honor and it reflects Dr. Schrader’s continuing commitment not only to Brenau but also to higher education in general. Dr. Schrader has a real passion for making a difference through multiple venues. This will give him one more platform for pursuing this passion.”
Schrader currently is completing the last year of his two terms as a member of the governing board of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the officially sanctioned accreditation organization for all public and private institutions in the Southeastern United States. He has spoken and written widely on a variety of higher education issues, including federal government ratings of higher education institutions, health and safety of students and faculty on campuses and higher education finance.
In 2014 he was appointed to a special blue ribbon commission of college and university presidents from around the nation who are studying new organizational models and philosophies for the delivery of higher education in the future.
Schrader has been the president of Brenau University, based in Gainesville, Georgia, since 2005. During his time at Brenau, the university’s enrollment has increased substantially and its annual operating budgets doubled. He received national acclaim for financial practices at Brenau that kept the university in growth mode during the economic downturn in the past decade that saw many colleges and universities scaling back operations and losing students, faculty and staff.
Under Schrader’s leadership, Brenau expanded its academic offering to include three doctoral degree programs – nursing, physical therapy and occupational therapy. It also expanded its footprint in Gainesville to include two other facilities in the city and it added campuses in Fairburn, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. The Brenau Norcross campus in the northern suburbs of Atlanta and in Augusta also expanded into news facilities. In addition to the growth in coeducational undergraduate and graduate programs, the historic residential Brenau Women’s College, in continuous operation since 1878, is near final completion of four new sorority houses and a general residence hall and now fields 14 intercollegiate sports teams; a new sports complex, under construction, will open its first phase in mid-2016.
Mississippi native Schrader received a B.S. in geology with a minor in chemistry in 1973 from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He earned an M.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in 1975 and a Ph.D. in geochemistry from Duke University in 1977. He was the associate dean of sciences at Millsaps College from 1995 to 2000 and was the president of Shorter University in Rome, Georgia, from 2000 to 2005.
Joining Schrader are 13 other board newcomers: Jeffrey P. von Arx, president of Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut; Margaret Drugovich, president of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York; Grafton J. Nunes, president of the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio; Mary Margaret Albert, president of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan; Dale A. Lunford, president of LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas; Erik Hoekstra, president of Dordt College in Sioux City, Iowa; John K. McVay, president of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington; Nariman Farvardin, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey; James H. Mullen, president of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania; Nayef H. Samhat, president of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina; Jill Tiefenthaler, president of Colorado College in Colorado Springs; Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and Paul Cerkvenik, president of the Minnesota Private College Council.