FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2005
Four years ago this month, I was introduced as
the third president of Sherman College by Dr.
Thom Gelardi, the college’s founder and, at that
time, chair of the Board of Trustees. I accepted
the presidency of Sherman fresh out of a recent
retirement, with an expectation of serving just
a few years and spending those years
contributing everything I could to advance and
further improve the institution that I had come
to love and appreciate so much.
During the past four years, I’ve realized – even
more than I imagined – what a wonderful place
Sherman is and what a wonderful community we
share together here in Spartanburg. So it is
with very mixed emotions that I announce my
official retirement today.
I wish to thank the administrators, faculty,
staff, the Board of Trustees and you all – the
most wonderful students that I have ever been
associated with in my career as an educator. I
hope you know that I leave behind a portion of
my heart with you. I could go on for hours about
the hard-working, fantastic and supportive
people here at Sherman, but I would be remiss if
I didn’t call special attention to Dr. Gordon
and Mrs. Helen Brown and Jan Batzer, who have
kept me emotionally high throughout my journey
here at Sherman.
I feel that I am one of the most blessed persons
in the world. I am especially privileged to have
accomplished many of my life’s goals – and I now
look forward to doing some of the things that I
hoped to do in my retirement while still
physically able. I look forward to spending more
time with my wife, parents, and grandsons,
serving my church, and, of course, spending more
time on the golf course. I also hope to stay
involved somehow with the Sherman community by
assisting the college in some capacity.
I also plan to remain active on several boards
in the Spartanburg community until the
transition both at the college and the community
can be made with limited disruptions.
I thank you all for entrusting me with the
future of the college and for supporting me in
all my endeavors these past four years. Dr.
Gelardi, I trust you feel I have been a good
steward of your vision. I can’t imagine anyone
better qualified to take the college through
these next months as we search for our
institution’s next great leader, so I return
Sherman to you today with every good wish for
the college now and in the future. Ladies and
gentlemen I present to you… the Interim
President of Sherman College, Dr. Thomas Gelardi.
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