Just a few hours before the May 1 Women’s College graduation exercises, Brenau President Ed Schrader got official word: Brenau can hang out a shingle that says we are now in business with a new campus in Jacksonville, Florida.
Technically word came from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in a letter dated April 28 that the accrediting body’s board of trustees – of which Schrader is a member – had approved Brenau’s operating an “instructional site” in the northeast Florida city.
That means the university can now hang signage and advertise its presence as well as recruit and enroll students immediately for undergraduate and graduate programs there.
If the Brenau president knew about the decision in advance of the letter and told us about it, he would have had to kills us. However, sources close to Schrader report that he has been in a very good mood lately. He announced arrival of the official word at both commencement ceremonies May 1 and 2.
Brenau several months ago completed the $210,000 4,380-square-foot build-out for leased space on the top floor of a former Bank of America four-story office building at 6622 Southpoint Drive on the south side of Jacksonville.
Although Brenau has long-standing operations outside of Gainesville in Augusta, Fairburn, Norcross and just a few miles north of Jacksonville at the U.S. Navy Kings Bay submarine base near St. Marys, Georgia, Jacksonville will be the first out-of-state campus for Brenau since the Women’s College in the early 20th century briefly operated a branch in Eufaula, Alabama.