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July 2005

Sherman’s president retires

Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic has announced the retirement of President Jerry L. Hardee, EdD, effective Monday, July 25, 2005. Thomas A. Gelardi, DC, the college’s founder and first president, has been named interim president.

Hardee accepted the presidency of Sherman College in July 2001 fresh out of a recent retirement from more than 40 years of service in education and administration. He expected to serve Sherman as president for about three years, committing to advance and improve the institution. Four years later, he says, retirement calls again.

“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,” Hardee said in his farewell address to faculty, staff and students. “So it is with very mixed emotions that I announce my retirement. I hope you know that I leave behind a portion of my heart with you.”

Hardee hopes to stay involved with the college in some capacity, but first he plans to take some time with family. “I feel that I am one of the most blessed persons in the world,” he says. “I am especially privileged to have accomplished many of my life’s goals - and I now look forward to spending more time with my wife, parents, son and grandsons, serving my church, and, of course, spending more time on the golf course.”

Before being named president at Sherman in 2001, Hardee enjoyed a long and rewarding career in educational administration. He has served as an executive administrator at four different institutions in the Georgia State Educational System. Under his leadership, Sherman College increased enrollment; enhanced diversity, and instituted a campus-wide diversity committee; and strengthened and led an expansion of the college’s fund-raising and development programs.

Gelardi, the college’s founder and first president, has been named interim president. Gelardi founded Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1973. He led the college’s progress for nearly three decades, serving as Sherman’s first president until 1997 and later as member and chair of the Board of Trustees from 1997–2002.

The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search before announcing a permanent presidential appointment.

Source: Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic, www.sherman.edu

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