Sherry L. Schumann, Hartnell College dean of physical education and athletics director, is resigning in December, President Edward J. Valeau announced today (Nov. 30).
In a meeting of college managers and staff members, Valeau said he was saddened to announce her resignation. "In her time here at Hartnell," the president said, "Sherry Schumann has been a phenomenal administrator and leader, demonstrating excellence in her work and a strong commitment to the college's physical education and athletics programs. She set the bar very high and will be very hard to replace."
A single mother of two, Schumann said she is forced to leave Hartnell for "personal family reasons."
"It will be very difficult for me to say goodbye to this wonderful campus," she said. "This position was an outstanding professional opportunity for me. I have received outstanding support from the athletic department as well as the college in general."
Schumann was hired by Hartnell in the fall of 2003.
She said she has accepted an administrative position at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas, where she was for six years before accepting the Hartnell position. She will be associate dean and the administrator in charge of Collin's Weekend College.
While at Hartnell, Schumann made several inroads in the physical education and athletics area, according to Valeau. He said those included the soon-to-be-established Athletic Hall of Fame to honor notable alumni athletes of the past; curricular changes such as new course titled "Concepts of Fitness and Wellness" and seminars held in conjunction with students enrolled in weight-training classes; and the establishment of a policy and procedures to reduce risk and liability and insure compliance.
Valeau also said Schumann has been such a valuable asset for the college that she will continue to work as a consultant for a while. He assured Hartnell staff members that "there will be a smooth transition" until another person is named to the position.