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Jon SchwartzbauerSchwartzbauer Steps Down as Sherman College’s Fourth President

Sherman College’s fourth president, Jon C. Schwartzbauer, D.C., announced on May 24 that he is stepping down. Dr. Schwartzbauer has served as the college’s president since 2007 and has been a member of the faculty and administration for 10 years.

“I have seen Sherman College surpass expectations many times, in many ways, and I know the college has the potential to be truly exceptional,” Dr. Schwartzbauer said. “I am honored to have been part of that path.” He says he will oversee day-to-day operations and serve the college as needed while the Board of Trustees embarks on a search for the college’s next president. The board is looking for a new leader to take the college through its next opportunities for growth and will be accepting nominations and applications through July 31 (see presidential search details here).

During his tenure as president, Dr. Schwartzbauer has seen Sherman College through reaffirmation of both its institutional and programmatic accreditation. He has improved student learning and led the implementation of a comprehensive chiropractic curriculum, enhancing the college’s ability to graduate primary health care professionals who are highly skilled, compassionate, ethical and successful. In addition, Dr. Schwartzbauer managed the conversion of the college’s on-campus Chiropractic Health Center to a patient-centered model, which has improved both patient care and student learning outcomes.

Dr. Schwartzbauer took on the presidency during a tumultuous time as the college faced probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for its Quality Enhancement Plan and several student and academic policy issues. Through his leadership and the diligent work of the college community, the college was ultimately removed from probation and had its accreditation reaffirmed in 2009. In addition, the college received two commendations during its October 2011 team visit from the Council on Chiropractic Education– one specifically commending the doctor of chiropractic degree program for “the leadership, commitment and dedication of the [Sherman College] community regarding the cultural, mission and curricular changes.”

A 1997 Sherman alumnus, Dr. Schwartzbauer previously served the college as vice president for academic affairs, director of the Leadership and Practice Management Institute and a member of the Chiropractic Health Center faculty. He ran Schwartzbauer Straight Chiropractic Center in Mahtomedi, MN, for five years before he joined the Sherman College faculty in 2002. He also served as a team chiropractor for the St. Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team in his home state of Minnesota. In addition to the doctor of chiropractic degree he earned in 1997, Dr. Schwartzbauer holds a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.

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