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Shorter taps Ed Schrader as college’s 17th president

ROME, Ga. (BP)–Ed Schrader, associate dean of the division of sciences since 1995 at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss., has been named as Shorter College’s 17th president.

Schrader, 49, will officially assume his duties as president of the Baptist-affiliated college in Rome, Ga., in January 2001. He succeeds Larry McSwain, who retired in July after seven years as president of the 1,700-student college, which was founded in 1873.

“It is a privilege to serve an institution with Shorter’s heritage and reputation for excellence,” Schrader said. “The opportunities are exciting, and the potential is real for a renaissance at Shorter College. I invite all concerned to become engaged as partners and participants in that renaissance.”

Schrader, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., has been on Millsaps’ faculty since 1988, serving as geology department chairman from 1992-96.

He also is founding officer, vice president and general manager of M.I.C.A.S. Kiuic Ventures in the state of Yucatan, Mexico. The nonprofit company is involved in the acquisition of more than 2,000 acres of biologically diverse forestlands in the Yucatan Peninsula as an experiential learning-focused field research station and ecological sanctuary and cultural preserve.

The preserve, known as Rancho Kiuic, hosts possibly the largest yet unexcavated and unreconstructed Maya city site in Central America as well as some of the Yucatan’s oldest surviving seasonal forests. The nonprofit company is a collaboration of professionals from the Associated Colleges and Universities of the South, Millsaps College, Pronatura, the Universidad de Yucatan, and INAH (the Mexican “National Institute for Archaeology and History”).

His career also has included various executive positions with commercial companies, including Consolidated Ecosystems Inc., Jackson, Miss.; Technical Minerals Inc., Jackson; and Diversified Minerals Corporation, Louisville, Ky.

He was assistant professor in geology at the University of Alabama from 1978-80.

Schrader received his bachelor of science in geology from Millsaps in 1973; master of science with emphasis in environmental geochemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1975; and Ph.D. with emphasis in low temperature geochemistry from Duke University in 1977.

He has presented more than 50 professional and scholarly papers at national and international scientific meetings and has had more than 35 peer-reviewed articles published in scientific journals. Among the major thrusts of his current research: geochemical controls and sources for hazardous metal contamination in streams and rivers of Yellowstone National Park and shallow marine environments of the Yucatan coral reef track.

He and his wife, Myra, have two children, Melanie, a senior at Millsaps, and Edward, a high school junior.

Shorter offers two main programs of study. The traditional residential semester program, with an eight-week summer session, is held on the Rome campus. The School of Professional Programs, based in Marietta, Ga., meanwhile, serves working adults over 23 years of age who attend year-round.

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