Accounting for Success

Brenau U., a women's college in Georgia, is running million-dollar surpluses. Here's how.

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John Amis for The Chronicle

President Ed Schrader (left) and David Barnett, chief financial officer, took a business-based approach to the books.

Step into the president’s office at Brenau University, and you find yourself surrounded by vivid maps displaying the geology of the United States in bright yellows and reds, greens and purples. Ask Ed Schrader about the maps, and he’ll explain how heat, pressure, sediments, and erosion molded this diverse landscape through the epochs. He’ll speak with all the enthusiasm that a former geology professor can bring to the subject.

But before