Dr. Tracy Schermer, Kenyon’s resident physician until 2009, will now sit on the nine-member Knox County Board of Health, reports the Mount Vernon News. Schermer served Kenyon for 28 years before retiring suddenly during the winter break of the 2008-09 school year, according to the Collegian. His retirement coincided with significant changes to the structure of the Health Center’s operations in accordance with national higher-education trends.
While the Collegian’s lengthy article about his retirement is mostly positive, it mentions that Schermer was controversial due to his perceived inability to work with one of the health center’s nurse practitioners and because of comments he made that, according to one former student, “pushed the limits of what was normal and [her] made me uncomfortable.” Another student, who visited Schermer to request cold medicine, complained that the doctor asked inappropriate and invasive questions about the student’s family’s history with alcohol.
The Board of Health, which must by law include at least one physician, will hold its next meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. in the offices of the Knox County Health Department. All meetings are open to the public.