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Jerry G. Gantt

Jerry G. Gantt

Jerry G. Gantt of Lincolnton, North Carolina, was re-elected President of Shriners Hospitals for Children during the Shriners 2021 Imperial Session held July 4 – 8 in Houston, Texas. As president, he also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Gantt is serving his 17th year as a member of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. He served as Imperial Potentate in 2015–2016.

Fraternities and Philanthropy

  • Master Mason, Cherryville Lodge #505, 1971
  • Oasis Shriners, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1972
  • Member, York Rite, Grotto
  • Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, 33rd Degree
  • Arabia Shriners, Houston, 1980
  • Potentate, Arabia Shriners, 2002
  • Chairman, Five-year Planning Committee, and other positions, Arabia Shriners
  • Honorary Legion of Honor, DeMolay International
  • Chairman emeritus, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Houston Board of Governors
  • Imperial level service includes Outer Guard Aide, Captain of the Guard Aide, Imperial Marshal Aide and member of the Imperial Dispensations and Charters Committee
  • Boards of Directors committee memberships include Budget; Building and Equipment; Information Systems; Public Relations; Salary, Personnel and Retirement; Planning; Corporate Compliance; Education Seminars; Sports; Research; Medical Affairs; and Strategic Planning and Investments
  • Liaison Officer, Philadelphia, Houston, Cincinnati, Canada, Tampa, Honolulu and Galveston Shriners Hospitals for Children


  • Wingate College in Wingate, North Carolina

Professional and Personal

Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Gantt served as an air traffic controller in the United States Marine Corps. He is now a retired commercial general contractor.

Gantt and his wife, Lisa, enjoy NASCAR and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where they are life members and Gantt is an active committee member.