Our Past Presidents
Welcome to Oglethorpe. After spending time here on our “virtual campus”, I hope you come to visit us in person. You'll find not only an exceptionally beautiful campus, but also an extraordinarily special community.
I am in my seventh year as President of Oglethorpe. One of the major themes to my leadership of our university is my belief that students learn most effectively when they are able to connect superlative classroom learning to relevant real-world experience. There is not a better place in the world to combine theory and practice than Atlanta, our home. In the last few years at Oglethorpe, we have opened our Center for Civic Engagement which enables faculty and students to make these connections in service to our community. Oglethorpe has been named five straight times to the President's Higher Education Honor Roll for Service.
We have expanded our study abroad programs so that our students can spend a semester or a year at one of our two dozen international higher education partner universities. We have created a post-graduate fellowship in India in the area of social entrepreneurship. Our faculty has developed a new program in non-profit management, with a significant work experience component. Every student at Oglethorpe, no matter what his or her discipline, is now able to complete one or more internships in his or her field of interest. Having the opportunity to gain real world work experience while in college gives Oglethorpe students an important competitive advantage. Our new Latin American study program has recently taken students to Spain, Guatemala and Cuba. Even our men's basketball team travelled south to compete in Costa Rica.
Oglethorpe's motto is "make a life, make a living, make a difference". Some people see these as three separate things. I believe they are all one and the same. You build a good life through being productive with your time, by having your life enriched by your labor, and through making a difference to others by what you chose to do and how you chose to live.
Come visit us when you have the chance. You will be inspired.
Larry Schall, President