As the 21st president of Emory & Henry, Jake Schrum looks forward to applying his energies to the advancement of an institution that he believes is poised for strong growth, thanks largely to College’s national reputation for service learning and the strength of its liberal arts heritage.
Now in his third consecutive presidency in higher education, President Schrum comes to Emory & Henry after serving Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth for nine years and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, for 13 years. His time at both his previous institutions is considered highly successful and included significant advancements in academic programming and recruitment.
While at Texas Wesleyan he developed the "New Urban University," a phrase he coined, in response to challenges the school was facing in enrollment and community relations. At Southwestern he is credited with establishing the nationally recognized Paideia Program, a multi-faceted, multi disciplinary program that requires students to make connections between their leadership, cross-cultural experience, collaborative research and service learning and their academics. Also at Southwestern, Schrum presided over the move of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, a 150-member liberal arts consortium partially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to the Southwestern University campus.
In addition to his success as a creative chief administrator, Schrum brings to Emory & Henry immense skills in fundraising. While at Southwestern, he led in raising more than $150 million for the institution.
Schrum began his fundraising career at the Yale Alumni Fund and quickly moved to Yale’s Divinity School in 1975. He was one of just two development officers then and helped raise nearly $7 million in two years. Before beginning his presidency at Texas Wesleyan he served as vice president for development and planning at Emory University in Atlanta. While there he initiated and directed a successful $400 million comprehensive campaign.
Schrum earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Southwestern and a master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School.
President Schrum is married to Jane Schrum, a former elementary choral music teacher and a pianist. The Schrums have two grown daughters, Libby Schrum of Camden, Maine, and Kate Schrum of Decatur, Georgia.