Luhr to Discuss Why Presbyterian Colleges Matter at Founder’s Day Convocation

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gary Luhr, executive director of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities, will be the speaker at Agnes Scott’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. His talk is titled, “Presbyterian? So what? Why Presbyterian Colleges Still Matter.”
Gary Luhr
The talk will be held in Rebekah Scott Hall, Katharine Woltz Reception Room and will be followed by a reception in the lobby of Rebekah Hall.

As executive director of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities, Luhr works with 62 schools that have an historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The association’s role is to help those institutions maintain a connection with the church and be resources to one another. As a professional communicator, he spends much of his time promoting APCU-member colleges to prospective students and their families.

Prior to assuming his current role in 2002, Luhr was communications director for the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a 2.2 million-member denomination with national offices in Louisville, Ky. In a career spanning 40 years, he has also worked as a reporter, editor and communications executive with The Associated Press, the Kentucky General Assembly and the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives.

Luhr is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He has degrees in sociology and community development from Miami (Ohio) University and the University of Louisville.

Agnes Scott was founded as Decatur Female Seminary in 1889 by Frank Henry Gaines, pastor of the Decatur Presbyterian Church who had a great interest in education, and by members of his church. Col. George Washington Scott was the primary benefactor. The seminary was later renamed Agnes Scott Institute during the 1890-1891 academic year to honor Scott’s mother. In 1906, it was chartered Agnes Scott College and awarded its first degrees.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.