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A message from President Charles L. Shearer

President ShearerDear Friends:

It is with mixed emotions that I tell you I have decided to retire from the presidency of Transylvania, effective June 30, 2010. After 27 years at the helm of Kentucky’s first college, I feel the time is right to hand over the reins of leadership to a new president.

As you may imagine, I have weighed this decision very carefully. During my three decades of service to Transylvania—which include my first four years as vice president for finance—I have always put the best interests of the university first and foremost. In that context, I believe a new president, carefully chosen and eminently qualified, will carry on the work that I and many others have so diligently tended all these years.

As I look back over the years of my presidency, I take great pride and satisfaction in the university’s progress. Transylvania today enjoys historically high enrollments, academically talented and dedicated faculty members and students, an outstanding administration and staff, the best group of board members I have ever had the privilege to work with, and widespread support from alumni, parents, and friends.

While I have taken a leadership role in the affairs of the university, it’s an obvious truth that credit for our accomplishments goes to everyone who has been a part of Transylvania over these years. Time and again, the Transylvania community has shown an uncommon devotion to furthering the interests of this historic institution. Many of you are among those who have answered the call to serve this university. I am so grateful for all of that hard work and support, without which my presidency would not have been possible.

When the next eight months have come and gone, and I leave this office to walk down the front steps of Old Morrison for the final time as your president, you can be sure that I will be taking a large part of the university with me. Transylvania will always hold a special place in my heart, as will each of you.

Shearer with Virginia Hamilton and cake Best wishes,
Shearer signature
Charles L. Shearer

Junior Virginia Hamilton was the Student Orientation Leader in President Charles L. Shearer’s University 1111 class during the fall term. The class surprised President Shearer with a cake after he announced his retirement in October.

Read the news release about Shearer's retirement announcement.

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