On May 4, 2017, Athens State lost a cherished member of its university family, Dr. Sidney E. Sandridge, who served as President from 1970 until 1981. Dr. Sandridge was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and servant of the Lord.
Most of Dr. Sandridge’s career was spent in higher education. These endeavors include teaching at Ferrum Jr. College and becoming the President of Southern Seminary Jr. College in his native Virginia.
Dr. Sandridge was named the President of Athens College where he worked diligently to get the college incorporated into the state educational system. Upon his retirement in 1981, Athens State honored Dr. Sandridge by naming the student union building after him.
Over the course of his life, Dr. Sandridge achieved many honors, but he was more than a college president and more than the awards he received. He was the kindest man you would ever meet. He was one of the greatest inspirational speakers you would ever hear. He lit up the room when he walked in, always singing or telling friendly jokes. He was the ultimate storyteller and drew children to him like a magnet.
Dr. Sandridge’s accomplishments and devotion to Athens State University will long be remembered and appreciated. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and his legacy will continue to be celebrated throughout time.
An endowed foundation scholarship has been established in memory of Dr. Sandridge. Additionally, one of the donors who established the Dr. Sidney E. Sandridge Endowed Scholarship has offered to match gifts up to $2,000 through August 31, 2017. All contributions to the scholarship are greatly appreciated.