Condolences to family and friends of Elizabeth (Gibson) Baumgardner

Elizabeth Shirley (Gibson) Baumgardner passed away April 20, 2019, at the age of 98.

Elizabeth married Kenneth Baumgardner (1916-2002) in 1942.  Kenneth was a long-time faculty member in the Music Department at Brenau University. The Kenneth Baumgardner Music Endowment was created in 2005 by Robert W. Gibson in his honor.

Elizabeth remained especially interested in theater in addition to the conflict resolution academic programs at Brenau University.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Elizabeth Baumgardner Peace Award for Mediation given at Brenau University, Attn: Matt Thomas, 500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia, 30501 or online at

Full obituary can be found at

Jim Eck inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Georgia

Brenau University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim Eck, right, with his wife, Wendy.

Brenau University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and University of Georgia graduate Jim Eck was inducted into the UGA’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa as an honorary member Wednesday, April 18, at the University of Georgia Chapel.

In addition to joining the ranks of the academic honor society, Eck gave the keynote address at the Spring 2019 Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony.

During the initiation ceremony, the University of Georgia pledged its full cooperation and support of Brenau University as it seeks to establish its own Phi Beta Kappa chapter during the years ahead.

Condolences to Friends and Family of Anne Bussey Seigler Fuller

Anne Bussey Seigler Fuller, 95, of Gainesville, Georgia passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019 at New Horizons-Lanier Park. Born February 7, 1924 in Augusta, Georgia, Anne Bussey was the daughter of Essie B. and James W. Seigler of McCormick, South Carolina.

Fuller graduated from McCormick High School in 1941 and graduated from The Women’s College in 1945, where she majored in biology. Fuller was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Sigma Pi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Mu Phi Epsilon and the YWCA Choir. Upon graduation she became an instructor in the Brenau biology department, filling in for her professor who had been drafted. She attended the Juilliard School of Music the summer of 1947 in New York City and performed in Carnegie Hall on April 20, 1948.

She returned to school at the University of Georgia where she received her master’s degree in music. Fuller taught for many years in the Brenau music department, becoming the department chairman and eventually acting chairman of Fine Arts and Humanities before her retirement at age 62.

Fuller was preceded in death by her husband James A. Fuller of Gainesville. She is survived by her children Gemma, 1974 graduate of The Women’s College, and Ed Jordan of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, Allen Fuller of Columbia, South Carolina, and Dianna Fuller, 1976 graduate of Brenau Academy and 1980 graduate of The Women’s College, of Gainesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Gainesville First United Methodist Church or Brenau University.

Full obituary can be found at

Anne Skleder named next president of Brenau University

Dr. Anne A. Skleder will become the 10th president of Brenau University on July 1, 2019.

The Board of Trustees of Brenau University has selected Anne A. Skleder as the institution’s 10th president and the first woman to lead the 141-year-old university.

Skleder currently serves as senior vice president and provost and professor of psychology at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, located about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. She will assume her new role on July 1 as she succeeds Ed L. Schrader who has served as president of Brenau University for almost 15 years.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the board chair, Pete Miller, and all the trustees, President Schrader and the many individuals I met throughout this process for their warm hospitality, deep commitment to Brenau and powerful stories about the impact of the university that has led us here to this moment,” Skleder said.

Skleder received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating as a University Scholar, and her master’s degree and doctorate in social and organizational psychology from Temple University. She also completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

For the full story on Skleder, visit

Brenau Wins Two CASE District III Awards

Brenau University took home two awards at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III annual conference awards ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 26 at The Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel in Atlanta.

The awards competition, which included entries from more than 100 public and private higher education institutions from across the Southeast, coincided with the four-day CASE District III annual conference Feb. 24-27.

The Special Merit Award-winning entries, both from the Office of Marketing and Communications, included longtime and now-retired Brenau professor Jim Southerland’s memoir “Sharecropper’s Son” in the category for Multipage Publication and the cover of the Fall 2017 “Brenau in Government” issue of Brenau Window magazine in the category for Best Cover Illustration.

Congratulations to everyone who put in the time, effort and talent to make it possible to win these awards.

To see the full list of 2019 CASE award winners, go to

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