The Lexington Herald-Leader featured Transylvania University president Charles L. Shearer on the same day as the University's Commencement. The article by reporter Art Jester profiled Shearer and his 25 years as president:
In the nearly 25 years that Charles L. Shearer has been president of Transylvania University, the 228-year-old liberal arts college has grown stronger and better in every respect, largely due to him.
“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime president,” said William T. Young Jr., chairman of Transylvania’s board of trustees. “I don’t think most people realize Transylvania has been transformed under his leadership.”
By any measurement — students, faculty, alumni, scholarships, geographical diversity, facilities or fund-raising — Transylvania is far different than it was in the troubled hour when Shearer took office on July 8, 1983. Transylvania had been through three presidents in three years.
Shearer immediately restored stability and confidence, as well as ambition.