Speakers & Honorees

2019 Commencement Speaker

President Jake B. SchrumPresident Jake B. SchrumJake B. Schrum, a college and university administrator for more than four decades, is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and an outspoken proponent of liberal arts education. Since August 2013, he has served as president of Emory & Henry College, Southwest Virginia’s oldest higher education institution. He previously served as president of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for 13 years and as president of Texas Wesleyan University in Ft. Worth for nine years.

President Schrum received his B.A. from Southwestern. He earned his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. He completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Southwestern.

He has served as national board chair for The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and for the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, as well as chair for the Associated Colleges of the South, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, and Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.  He has served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Council for Independent Colleges, the Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Presidents, and Agnes Scott College.

President Schrum is married to Jane Woodman Schrum.  They have two daughters.  Kate, a fundraiser in Atlanta, and Libby, a furniture designer and builder in Maine.

2019 Baccalaureate Speaker

Susannah Davis, E&H Class of 1992.Susannah Davis, E&H Class of 1992.Rev. Susannah Davis (E&H Class of 1992) grew up in Warrenton, Georgia, instilled with a love of church, family and community. After graduating from Emory & Henry she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Upon graduation from Candler, she was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served churches and agencies in the North Georgia Conference for the following eleven years before receiving a call to start a new church with the United Church of Christ in 2006.

In 2007, Susannah began gathering folks in Kirkwood and neighboring communities at Gathering Grounds Coffee shop, and from those intentional times of Bible study, service, community building, worship and lots of coffee, Kirkwood UCC began to become.

Susannah continues to lead Kirkwood UCC in worship, service and creative ways to love the community. She promotes meaningful worship that moves people toward a deeper relationship with God and others. After 5 different locations, Kirkwood UCC has recently moved into a new sanctuary and a permanent home for their life together and community ministry.

Susannah serves as a Mental Health First Aid trainer and a teacher in the contextual education program at Candler School of Theology. Susannah also serves on the
Candler Alumni Board, the Emory & Henry Alumni Board and the Church Building and
Loan Fund Board of the United Church of Christ. Susannah has recently joined the
APS Go Team for Toomer Elementary and is grateful to be a part of the Kirkwood
Business Owners Association.

Susannah, her wife Susan, and their dog Louise live in Kirkwood and (most of the time)
are ridiculously happy and grateful!