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A Day in the Life of President Shearer

President Shearer with his wife, Susan, and former president of ireland Mary Robinson
President Shearer with his wife, Susan, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and a world leader for the cause of human rights


 President Charles L. Shearer’s days are busy ones—and then there are evenings and weekends.

“You’re always on call, and you’re always expected to be the president,” is the way he sums up his demanding, but fulfilling role at Transylvania.

Here are some highlights of what this fully engaged executive, mentor, friend, and adviser may go through in any typical day or night, in his own words.

Correspondence—“I write many letters of thanks, and follow up letters after meetings with potential donors or with alumni. I’m often corresponding with the Board of Trustees.”

Phone conversations—“I speak with our Chairman of the Board usually at least once a week. I have communication with other trustees and alumni, or a friend of the college.”

Meetings—“I may have a meeting with the dean of students, or the physical plant. I usually have some contact with the development office every day. I’ll see the vice president and dean of the college. I meet with architects on our construction projects. Unexpected campus visitors, alumni, or someone from the Lexington community may drop by.”

Campus events—“I try to attend as many home games of our athletics teams as is feasible. I go to plays and musical performances. I attend many evening lectures, such as the Kenan and Lilly programs, Alltech lectures, Delcamp programs, and convocations.”

Community relations—“It’s important for Transylvania to have a presence in the Lexington community. I’m involved in a number of organizations and attend their meetings so that the University can be well represented on issues that may impact the college. It’s also a way for Transylvania to be a good citizen in the community.”

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