Message from OU Board Chair Tim Tassopoulos

Earlier today it was announced that Larry Schall has chosen to end his term as President of Oglethorpe University, effective June 30, 2020.  Larry has had an incredible tenure at Oglethorpe over the past 14 years, ushering our institution into an era of unprecedented innovation and growth. Under Larry’s leadership, Oglethorpe is stronger than ever — academically, philanthropically, and financially– positioning us to continue developing the next generation of global citizens and leaders for years to come.

 As an expression of gratitude to Larry, I want to share with you some of his most noteworthy accomplishments. Under Larry’s leadership since 2005, enrollment is up nearly 50 percent and endowment has more than doubled. Donations to Oglethorpe have reached historic levels and Oglethorpe has cut its debt in half while increasing revenue and assets dramatically. One of Larry’s most significant achievements occurred in 2017, when Oglethorpe secured a $50 million gift to establish the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business—the largest gift in Oglethorpe’s history and the largest to a liberal arts school to establish a school of business.

During Larry’s tenure we have seen the addition of new residence halls; the award-winning Turner Lynch Campus Center; a new residential apartment complex with state-of-the-art classrooms; expanded arts and athletics facilities; and the new I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation. The University also established five global campuses and founded an experiential learning incubator, the Atlanta Laboratory for Learning (A_LAB).

 I am excited for Oglethorpe’s future as we build on the strong foundation Larry has established for us and I am thankful for the Trustees, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and the rest of the Oglethorpe community who have partnered with Larry to achieve such success over the last 14 years.

A presidential search committee is being established with the goal of having a successor selected before Larry’s departure in 2020. This committee will be led by Cameron Bready ‘94, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Tammy Pearson ‘86, Secretary of the Board of Trustees.  They will work together to establish a group of fellow trustees, faculty, staff and students, to form a recommendation for a new visionary leader which will be presented to the full Board.  We are truly grateful for Larry’s leadership and wish him our very best as he prepares the University for this transition and as he and Betty begin an exciting new chapter in their lives.