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Shearer awarded Henry Clay Medallion

Dr. ShearerTransylvania President Emeritus Charles L. Shearer was awarded the 2010 Henry Clay Medallion for Distinguished Service from the Henry Clay Society during a black tie dinner at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion in December.

A committee of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation selected Shearer for the honor in recognition of his personal and professional achievements that reflect Clay’s principals of statesmanship and compromise for the good of mankind. Shearer retired from the presidency of Transylvania in July 2010 after a 27-year tenure, the longest such service in the university’s history. His tenure was marked by enhancement of the academic culture, rising enrollments, endowment growth, and many new campus facilities.

“Whether it was his relationship with the chairman of the board and other trustees, or with faculty, staff, and students, Charles’s use of diplomacy has always been most evident,” said Warren W. Rosenthal, a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, in introducing the honoree. “For 27 years President Shearer was highly respected, deeply appreciated, and loved by all.”

Noting the many illustrious individuals who had preceded him in receiving the Henry Clay Medallion, Shearer said the award was a signal honor. Among the previous winners are Sandra Day O’Connor, Edward Kennedy and Nancy Kassebaum-Baker, and Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao.

“I am honored to be included in such extraordinary company with Henry Clay,” Shearer said in accepting the award. “This is an evening and an honor that I will always remember and cherish.”

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