Brother Secures School Board
Brother Erhard Charles “Chad” Karl IV (Alpha Sigma–Georgia Tech ’86) is proof that it takes a wide range of experiences to earn a place in the Board of Education. Karl was installed to the School Board of Wilson County, Tennessee—after years of project management, community involvement, and of course, spending time with the kids.
Chad shepherded a group of eighth graders on their class trip to Washington, D.C., an experience that he said contributed to his decision to run for School Board. “I have had the pleasure of watching many of them grow and shine,” said Karl.
He taught engineering at both West Elementary and West Wilson Middle Schools, where he used experiments with ramps and bowling balls to illustrate concepts like force, distance, and work. “Whether it is teaching or coaching, I try to utilize hands-on techniques to help students learn the ‘why’ of how something works.”
Karl has made unity and inclusion a priority in his local community, organizing an interdenominational prayer service that has grown to include over a dozen local churches. “It has been exciting to see this grow from just an idea into an annual event in which many people look forward to participating,” said Chad. “People can do so much when they come together.”
Chad works full-time as a technical sales manager for local paper air filter frame manufacturer Graphic Packaging—a background he said will aid him in planning and overseeing School Board initiatives. Additionally, he serves as vice president of the board for Brooks House, a shelter for women and children in need.
In his free time, Karl volunteers as a wrestling coach at Wilson Central High School, where his youngest daughter is a student. His oldest, a recent graduate of Wilson Central, has gone on to study chemical engineering at Tennessee Tech.
Karl was sworn in by Judge Ellis Hayes “Trey” Marshall, III (Delta Upsilon–Tennessee-Martin ’96).