On Campus / Spring 2014

Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus recognized for legacy of service

It was the early 1950s when Emmett Scherrman, a Loras College undergraduate, first started paying attention to Mount Mercy, but it wasn’t the college that held his interest. Rather, Ann Barry (JC’51) a Mount Mercy student from Scherrman’s hometown of Farley, Iowa, had captured his eye and eventually became his bride in 1953.

However, the couple crowned king and queen at Mount Mercy College’s 1951 Sweetheart Ball didn’t foresee the lifelong connection they would have to Ann’s alma mater. In 1976, more than 20 years after the dance, Emmett chaired the Scholarshare program, a peer-to-peer business community fundraising campaign, and raised twice as much money as the campaign raised the previous year. Needless to say, Sister Mary Agnes Hennessey, the fifth president of the College, took notice and asked Emmett to be a member of the Board of Trustees, which he accepted.

Emmett then served on the Board of Trustees from 1977 until 2012. Upon his retirement, the Board of Trustees granted him the designation of Chair Emeritus for his meritorious leadership. During his 35 years on the board, Emmett spent most of those in the position of Chairman of the Board (1979 to 2005). He worked alongside four presidents and saw many momentous occasions in Mount Mercy’s history including: opening Hennessey Recreation Center, Busse Center, Andreas House and Basile Hall; restoring the Grotto; and establishing the Athletic Hall of Fame.

In recognition of Emmett’s unprecedented service to Mount Mercy, room 110 in the University Center was named in his honor. The Chair Emeritus Emmett J. Scherrman Conference Room was dedicated on Nov. 1, 2013, during the fall Board of Trustees meeting.

It’s clear that without his humble and visionary leadership, Mount Mercy University would be a very different place than what it is today. While no longer in official roles, Emmett and Ann Scherrman remain committed to the university and ensuring Mount Mercy continues to be a university where humbly serving others is taught and embraced.

Emmett and Ann have been married for 60 years and have five children. Emmett now serves as Chairman of ACME Graphics Inc., a company purchased by him and his son Jeff, which specializes in printed materials for the funeral industry.

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