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Sherman Day To Serve as Interim President of Gordon College

Atlanta — April 19, 2001

University System of Georgia Chancellor Stephen R. Portch announced today that Dr. Sherman R. Day has been appointed interim president of Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga., effective June 1, 2001 until a new president has been selected. Day will serve in the post while a national search is conducted to fill the vacancy formed by the resignation of long-time president Dr. Jerry Williamson, who announced his retirement earlier this week. Williamson will step down at the end of May.

From September 1996 through June 30, 1999, Day served as president of North Georgia College & State University. During 1991-92, he served as acting president of Georgia State University. Most recently, he served the University System Office during the 2001 Legislative Session, assisting Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for External Activities and Facilities Thomas E. Daniel with governmental relations and budget activities.

“Sherman Day is an outstanding person and administrator. I’m very grateful that he has answered our call to assist Gordon College,” said Portch. Among his many public service positions, Day also managed the day-to-day implementation of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. On loan from Georgia State University, where he launched his University System of Georgia career, he served as managing director of Legacy and Olympic Programs for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games from 1992 until he accepted the North Georgia College post in 1996. From 1977 to 1991, Day served as professor of counseling and psychological services in Georgia State University’s College of Education; and professor of criminal justice in GSU’s College of Public and Urban Affairs.

Day also served as Georgia State’s acting dean of admissions from 1986 to 1987; dean of the College of Education from 1977 to 1983; associate dean of the College from 1973 to 1974; and chairman and professor of the Counseling and Psychological Services Department from 1969 to 1972. From 1974-1977, Day worked in Washington, D.C., as director of the National Institutes of Correction and assistant director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for the Department of Justice.

Day earned his doctorate in education from the University of Georgia in 1967.

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