Former Hardaway High School principal Roger Hatcher, now director of the Center for Quality Teaching and Learning at Columbus State University, is out of the hospital after falling off the stage at Northside High School two months ago.
Hatcher was discharged from Midtown Medical Center on July 14, Marion Scott, marketing and public relations director for Columbus Regional Health, said in an email Tuesday afternoon. Reached by email late Tuesday night, Hatcher said, "It is good to be home," but he declined further comment.
Scott and CSU and Muscogee County School District officials have cited federal privacy laws prohibiting them from disclosing Hatcher's injuries, but he was listed in unsatisfactory condition in the intensive care unit after the May 15 accident.
According to accounts from CSU and MCSD officials, Hatcher was at Northside to present a plaque to a CSU graduate who was selected as the high school's teacher of the year. Hatcher was walking across the stage when he fell into the orchestra pit.
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Debra Whatley, the CSU center's coordinator of teaching and learning, has been serving as interim director in Hatcher's absence. She isn't aware of a date for his return, she said Wednesday, "but I certainly expect him to return and hope so."
"We miss him greatly and we are so excited he's at home now and continuing to recover," Whatley said. " He is absolutely a wonderful man and does absolutely a phenomenal job at the college. I can't tell you how many phone calls we've received from numerous people in the community. He is such a vital part of the CSU community."
George Stickel, interim associate dean at CSU's College of Education and Health Professions, said the staff has been sending Hatcher "lots of cards and thoughts and prayers."
"He is well revered by the public school people as well as the faculty at Columbus State," Stickel said Wednesday. " He is always cordial, welcoming and supportive of all participants, and he has a good, clear sense of where education needs to be in the state of Georgia.
"It will be a long recovery, and I know he's anxious to get back, but he needs to be cautious and do what the doctors and nurses say."