John Scherer '62 to speak at commencement

SALEM, Va.-John J. Scherer, the founder of The Scherer Leadership Center and author of several best-selling books, will be the keynote speaker at Roanoke College's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1. Scherer will be recognized with an honorary degree at the ceremony.

Scherer attended Roanoke, graduating with honors in history and philosophy in 1962. He was captain of the varsity swim team, vice president of the Student Government Association, president of the honor council and selected for membership in the Blue Key Honor Society, winning the Granville P. Meade Award to "the graduate with the greatest service to the world potential."

Scherer's organization focuses on leadership seminars, team development, organizational change, conflict resolution and executive coaching. He works with clients around the country and across the world, including ACE Hardware, Aetna, Boeing, Nissan, Ford, Marriott, Polaroid, U.S. Army and the U.S. Naval Weapons Center.

Scherer's latest bestseller is Five Questions that Change Everything: Life Lessons at Work, which focuses on how people can take lessons from their life experiences and meet each new experience as an opportunity to learn about themselves and others.

Work and the Human Spirit is Scherer's 1993 book that helped spur the growing movement, which shares its name. The book describes what happened at an Executive Development Intensive (EDI) (now renamed Deep Vision) to five senior leaders and four executive spouses as they found out what had been running their lives and discovered a new sense of purpose for life and work.

The baccalaureate ceremony will be held Friday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the C. Homer Bast Center with Rev. Paul Henrickson as the featured speaker. Henrickson is Roanoke's Timothy L. Pickle Dean of the Chapel.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.

Released: April 9, 2010
Contact Name: Public Relations
Contact Phone: (540) 375-2282
Contact Email: gereaux@roanoke.edu