Lawrence M. Schall, J.D., Ed.D. was elected the 16th president of Oglethorpe University in March 2005 and assumed office on June 23, 2005. His inauguration took place on April 22, 2006.

Read Dr. Schall’s Inauguration address [soliloquy id=”134″]

Post Inauguration message from Dr. Schall:

Welcome. Thanks to everyone for making Inauguration Weekend a great celebration for Oglethorpe and Atlanta.

John Dewey wrote in 1915 that the measure of the worth of any social institution is its effect in enlarging and improving the human experience. These words ring true today, and the theme for all of our ceremonies (April 20-22) was public service.

On Thursday, it was our great privilege to hear Mayor Shirley Franklin and Ambassador Andrew Young speak of their lives of public service at Woodruff Arts Center with a reception following next door at the High Museum of Art, two of Atlanta’s great cultural centers.

Friday was our community’s day of service to Garden Hills Elementary School, part of the Atlanta Public Schools (APS). Superintendent Beverly Hall is committed to having APS be the first successful urban school system reformation in the history of this country, and she is well on her way. We put on our gloves and worked alongside our students, parents, alumni, friends and other community members to complete a campus restoration of Garden Hills. Afterwards we had a great dinner party in the Schmidt Center.

And last, Saturday morning was the inauguration itself. Alfred Bloom, Swarthmore’s president, and Ellen Schall, Dean of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (and my big sister), gave brief remarks about the public role of colleges and universities, and then was my shot at my first big talk (not long, just big). It was both fun and meaningful. Thanks to all who shared it with me in person.

Lawrence M. Schall, J.D., Ed.D.