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Class Notes: University president appointed to initiative
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Brenau University President Ed Schrader has been named to a 22-member panel to develop a plan encouraging independent colleges and universities to revitalize their missions and business models in an effort to better respond to the needs of future students.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and presidents of other top liberal arts institutions in the United States to discuss openly the ‘elephant-in-the-room’ issue in higher education,” Schrader said in a news release. “I believe that liberal arts institutions like Brenau still produce the best examples of well-rounded, critically thinking graduates. The models that served liberal arts institutions well in the 18th and 19th centuries need to adapt to a fast-paced, global society.”

The project, funded by the Lumina Foundation, is titled “The Future of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges.” It will explore new approaches to higher education, alternative college business models and trends in American society and education, along with traditional missions of liberal arts colleges.

UNG to merge 2 foundations

Beginning July 1, the new University of North Georgia Foundation Inc. with combined assets of $52 million will be formed.

The university was founded in January 2013 with the consolidation of former Gainesville State College and Dahlonega-based North Georgia College & State University. The university is the first of the University System of Georgia consolidated institutions to combine its philanthropic foundations.

“Each foundation comprises impressive individuals who are committed to the success of our students and the future of the university, and I am grateful to them for their hard work during the past year to create a new, merged foundation,” said UNG President Bonita Jacobs in a news release. “The sense of unity they have created will provide strong support for the new foundation.”

In its first year, the new foundations will be chaired by Gainesville businessman Rich White.

The UNG Foundation Board of Trustees will consist of a maximum of 30 elected, voting trustee chosen from alumni, community leaders and regional business leaders, along with the university president and the immediate past chairman to serve as ex-officio, voting trustees.

Virtual school to hold information session

Representatives with Georgia Connections Academy are meeting with parents and students in Gainesville Tuesday to better explain the school’s curriculum and programs.

Established in 2010, the virtual K-12 school is a statewide public charter school. It includes personalized tutoring, electives, student field trips and parent-to-parent events.

The event is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1735 Browns Bridge Rd., Gainesville.

For more information and to register for the free session, visit

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