“The world needs many more of our kind of graduates – servant leaders who think on their feet, communicate and innovate effectively while continuing to learn throughout their lives.”

To Our Emory & Henry Family:

Even before I became Emory & Henry’s 21st President, I understood just how special this College is. Here, earnest students and dedicated faculty and staff interact with each other and the greater community in wonderful ways that edify us all. This should, of course, occur at any college, but it’s the passion among our people to do both well and good that sets Emory & Henry apart. And I’m not referring only to those on campus, but also the legion of alumni and friends – you − who care deeply about this place, its history, traditions and, thankfully, its future. We’re bound together in a sacred trust as stewards of this place.

Because no institution is guaranteed a future, we’ve asked ourselves, what effect, what relevance can a college like Emory & Henry have in a time of unprecedented demographic and technological disruption? Our affirmative response is that the world needs many more of our kind of graduates – servant leaders who think on their feet, communicate and innovate effectively while continuing to learn throughout their lives. We can take heart in this. However, a changing world and our College’s imperative, “increase in excellence,” demand more. Our answer is found in the goals and objectives of Ascend, The Campaign for New Heights.

The creation of the E&H School of Health Sciences, our greatest initiative since the College’s founding in 1836, is an Ascend centerpiece. And, of course, we must continue to renew and invigorate our living and learning environment as well as increase the Colleges’ endowment to provide greater access to an E&H education, and also to recruit and retain the exceptional faculty for which the College is known.

Ultimately, Ascend will provide the resources to re-define the Emory & Henry student experience so that our graduates will be exceptionally welcome into graduate school or the career marketplace or both. We will accomplish this through the Ampersand experience, which is the transformative result of a project-based liberal arts education. This is the future for colleges and universities nationwide. We know this because, even in its formative phase, the stories our students are telling about this integrative educational experience and its results are remarkable, amazing even.

This truly is our defining moment because how you choose to respond to the call of the Ascend Campaign will deeply influence the relevance of Emory & Henry for many years into the future.

I hope you share the same excitement regarding the hopes and dreams for Emory & Henry that’s already been shown by so many supporters of the College, both individuals and organizations, during the imagining, planning and nucleus stages of the Ascend Campaign.

If you do, then now is the time to act.

Macte Virtute!

Jake B. Schrum

President