Jake B. Schrum, ’73 M.Div.

Jake B. Schrum is the 21st President of Emory & Henry College, after having served 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. 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 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.