Agnes Scott Elects Five New Members to Board

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Agnes Scott College has elected five new members to its Board of Trustees—Stacey Y. Abrams, Gail S. Glover ’66, Jake B. Schrum, The Reverend Elizabeth “Lib” Simmons ’74 and Bernie Todd Smith ‘71x. Tawana K. Ware ’96 also joins the board as the newly elected Alumnae Association president.

The new board members join 22 other members of the Agnes Scott board, chaired by Clyde C. Tuggle, senior vice president, global public affairs and communications, of The Coca-Cola Company, and vice chaired by Portia O. Morrison ’66, senior counsel at DLA Piper, practicing commercial real estate development and finance law in the firm’s Chicago office.

Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 84th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. She co-founded and acts as senior vice president and chief administrative officer of NOWaccount Network Corp., a financial services firm, and also co-founded Nourish Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers.

Abrams received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with an M.P.Aff. in public policy. She earned a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies (political science, economics and sociology) from Spelman College. She currently serves on the board of trustees for St. Joseph’s Health System, the board of directors for the Gateway Center for the Homeless and the advisory boards of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, Literacy Action and others.

Glover is president and owner of Glover & Associates Inc., a financial consulting firm to businesses on valuations, mergers and acquisitions. She received her B.A. in mathematics from Agnes Scott College in 1966 and her M.S. in mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 1969.

She earned a certificate in Certified Financial Planning in 1985. Glover also is a trustee of the Columbia Theological Seminary.

Schrum is a native Texan who is an alum of Southwestern University and now serves as its president. He has been a college and university administrator for more than 39 years at two major research universities and three liberal arts colleges. He is widely recognized as an author and speaker in the field of educational advancement and moral leadership in higher education.

Schrum received his B.A. in psychology in 1968 from Southwestern University. He graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1973 with a Master of Divinity degree.

Rev. Simmons currently serves as the senior pastor at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, N.C. She previously was pastor of the University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, and Richmond Heights Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. She serves on the boards of the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center and The Pines at Davidson.

She earned her B.A. in sociology from Agnes Scott and her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Smith is an educational ethics consultant and has also served as a health information consultant for Rochester General Hospital, Rochester Regional Library Council and Unity Health. She serves on the Harley School planning panel for Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education and on Highland Hospital’s patient advisory panel for oncology services.

Smith has a Ph.D. in education with concentration in leadership, thought and policy from the University of Rochester; a master of library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and a B.A. in philosophy from North Carolina State University. She attended Agnes Scott for three years.

Ware is an assistant professor of pediatric dentistry at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. Before teaching, she was a pediatric dentist in Missouri. She’s a board member of the 15th Judicial District Children Advocacy Center and serves on Agnes Scott’s Alumnae Board.

She has a master of science in dentistry from Indiana University, a doctor of dentistry from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and a B.A. in biology from Agnes Scott.

Eight members of Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees reached the end of their terms June 30—Robert L. Brown Jr.; J. Walter Drake; Vice Chair Suzanne C. Feese ’84; Linda Kay Hudson McGowan ’65; B. Clayton Rolader; O. Benjamin Sparks; David L. Warren; and Robert C. Williams.

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.