Oglethorpe University President Larry Schall is among Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2017 Power 100, an annual special section naming Atlanta’s 100 most influential people of 2017, as selected by the Chronicle’s editors.
The Chronicle’s list spans leaders in business, government and not-for-profits, but does not include media celebrities, pop stars, athletes or religious leaders.
“On a list limited to 100 people (out of a metropolitan area approaching 5.8 million), many influential and important leaders cannot be included,” writes the Chronicle.
A new addition to the list this year, President Schall has served as university president for 12 years, and is set to become Georgia’s longest-serving, current university president. (Wesleyan College’s Ruth Austin Knox will retire at the end of June.)
Under Schall’s leadership, Oglethorpe has doubled net assets while reducing total debt by 43%; increased annual revenues by 65%; grown enrollment by 40%; established strategic entrepreneurial partnerships; and experienced a dramatic rise in philanthropic giving. In recent years, Oglethorpe completed the largest campaign in its history, raising $50.2 million and surpassing its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans to open the new Cousins Center for Science and Innovation in 2019 were announced in early June.Since 2013, Oglethorpe also has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, London and Rome; a residential complex with state-of-the-art classrooms; and the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.
President Schall serves as board chair of East Lake Foundation and on the executive committees of the Georgia Independent College Association, Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, and Council on International Educational Exchange.