Brenau Trustee Emeritus and longtime supporter of the university’s nursing program Dr. Henry S. Jennings Jr. died Thursday, March 2. He was 94 years old.
“During his time on the board, Henry was one of the trustees at the table meeting with creditors on a weekly basis to ensure Brenau would survive to be the successful university it is today,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader. “His enthusiasm for Brenau never diminished over the years, and it was always a privilege to update him on all of the wonderful things occurring now because of his leadership during a difficult period of the university’s history. Without the leadership of trustees like Henry, there might not be a Brenau today.”
Dedicated to the education of health care providers, Jennings served on the adjunct faculty of the Hall School of Nursing, which later became Brenau’s Mary Inez Grindle School of Nursing. He was proud of the many nursing students who were influenced by his guidance as they became health care providers themselves.
His investment and interest in Brenau’s health sciences programs helped make the university a leader in the field. He saw the expansion of health sciences in Hall County and ensured Brenau would create qualified leaders to fill a growing need in the community.
Jennings was born in Cordele, Georgia, May 22, 1922. He practiced medicine for 42 years and was one of the founders of the Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic.