Dr. Julian Pleasants



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University School, Head Master, Ray Ferrero, student instruction K-12, University School expansion, Dr. Frank DePiano, autonomous, Abe Fischler, Mickey Segal, Lower School, early childhood expert, autistic children, “Mommy and Me”, Mailman Segal Institute, Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, Baudhuin School, Oral School, waiver, SACS-accredited, FCATs, advisory board, PTA, public schools, art, music, theater, private school, Upper School, Roman amphitheater, College prep, SAT, teacher/student ratio

Interviewee(s) Bio

Dr. Jerome Chermak was the Headmaster of the Nova Southeastern University School. He served at the administrative level of the University School for 33 years, 16 of those as Headmaster, and retired on June 20, 2015.

In 2010, he unveiled the first phases of the largest expansion project in the school’s 39-year history – an investment of about $70 million in the students’ future.

Dr. Chermak has helped the school develop a reputation for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. And as a result, 100 percent of University School of NSU’s graduates are accepted to colleges and universities around the United States, and more than 90 percent are eligible for Bright Futures Scholarships.


This series of interviews was conducted by Dr. Julian Pleasants during the period of 2009-2012 for research in compiling the 50th Anniversary book, The Making of Nova Southeastern University: A Tradition of Innovation, 1964-2014. To read more about the completed book, click here.

Host Institution

Nova Southeastern University - NSU Archives

Archives Location

NSU Archives, Row B, 5, 6.

Format Type

Audio CD

Length of Audio/Video

1:24:44 minutes

File Size

77.6 MB

Number of Copies

1 copy

Date Digitized

May 2016


Education | Educational Administration and Supervision | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | History | Public History


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Interview with Dr. Jerome Chermak - University School Headmaster