Our Past Presidents
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.
Under Schall’s leadership, Oglethorpe has seen a dramatic rise in enrollment and philanthropic giving. In the fall of 2013, Oglethorpe will open a new $15 million campus center that will be home to the A-Lab, or Atlanta Laboratory for Learning, further linking Oglethorpe students and the community. The A-Lab will house three learning centers: The Center for Civic Engagement, opened in 2007, focusing on volunteer, curricular, civic and cultural projects in Atlanta and beyond; the Center for Experiential Learning, opened in 2011, providing work-based internships for every Oglethorpe student in their field of study; and the newest addition, the Center for International Study, connecting Oglethorpe students to the global community.
Born in Manhattan, Schall grew up in Wilmington, Del. He graduated with honors from Swarthmore College in 1975 and went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Schall practiced law in Philadelphia as a trial attorney, specializing in civil rights litigation. In 1990, he returned to his alma mater, Swarthmore College, and served for 15 years, leaving as Vice President for Administration.
While at Swarthmore, Schall was awarded a doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, and served as Director of the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education as well as an adjunct faculty member of Penn’s Graduate School of Education.
Schall currently serves as Board Chair for the East Lake Foundation (Atlanta), and on the boards of the Council on International Cultural Exchange (CIEE), the Lovett School, and Project Grad.
He and his wife, Betty Londergan, have four children.
Updated: November 2012