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andrew moore and charles shearer

Two receive honorary degrees

Andrew M. Moore II ’71 (above left) received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his distinguished career as a physician specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and for being a founding member and president of Surgery on Sunday, an acclaimed program offering free medical services to the working poor. He is associated with Plastic Surgeons of Lexington, chief of staff at the Lexington Health South Surgery Center, and affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East Hospital, and Central Baptist Hospital.

Moore organized the volunteer services of more than 300 medical professionals and support personnel to provide free outpatient services ranging from general operations to reconstructive surgeries and dental work. The income-eligible patients are without health insurance and unable to qualify for federal or state assistance.

The Bluegrass Area Chapter of the American Red Cross named Moore its 2009 Fayette County Hero of the Year for his work with Surgery on Sunday. The national news organization CNN selected him as a 2010 CNN Hero and a nominee for the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year.

Moore earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. He was a resident in plastic surgery at Vanderbilt University.

Charles L. Shearer (above right) received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of the extraordinary contributions he made to Transylvania during his 27-year presidential tenure.

Shearer took office in 1983, when Transylvania had an enrollment of 650, a minimal endowment, and an aging physical plant. During his tenure, the university enjoyed record enrollments, reaching an all-time high of 1,156 in 2008. The endowment now stands at well over $100 million, and the campus has been transformed by major capital projects totaling more than $50 million.

The expansion and rebuilding of the campus has been unprecedented. New construction has included a classroom building, a library, a theater, three residence halls, a student center, a bookstore/café, an athletics center, two athletics fields, and a practice field. Renovation projects have created a library and an art building, are modernizing the science laboratories, and brought air conditioning to three older residence halls.

Faculty and student academic quality were enhanced during Shearer’s tenure through the Bingham Program for Excellence in Teaching and an expansion of the number of students receiving the prestigious William T. Young Scholarship from 10 to 25.

A native of Louisville, Shearer earned a B.S. in accounting and an M.A. in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D., both in economics, from Michigan State University.

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