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Tuesday, January 27

Blizzard conditions are now impacting our region and a Connecticut statewide travel ban is in effect. The University will be closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 27.  Day and evening classes are canceled. An updated advisory on the status of classes and operations for tomorrow will be posted this evening. During the time that the University is closed, the Commons, Subway, and Village Market will maintain regular hours for residential dining services and the Sports Center will be open for use by residential students only. Gengras Student Union and University Libraries are closed.   snow closing guide

All Hartt Community Division activities are canceled today.

current as of 7:18 a.m., Jan. 27, 2015



Provost Sharon L. Vasquez

Sharon L. Vasquez is in her fifth year as provost of the University of Hartford, a private university of 7000 students. Since her arrival she has successfully lead several major planning initiatives including the university’s NEASC reaccreditation review, a full-time faculty compensation study, the Academic Pathways Plan, the Libraries Master Planning effort and a comprehensive review and prioritization of academic programs—Foundation of the Future.

Over a decade of serving as dean at two public universities: in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University in Detroit, and earlier in the School of Arts and Performance at SUNY-Brockport, helped her hone her leadership skills and navigate the ever changing landscape of higher education. She counts among her pervious accomplishments exceeding capital campaign goals at two institutions; launching an incubator for creative-sector businesses; leading the American Democracy Project and a “first year experience” initiative; championing assessment of learning outcomes before it was popular; and nurturing the interest in academic leadership for numerous women colleagues. The two deanships followed a long career at the University of Texas at Austin where she merged her life as an artist/teacher with academic administration, learning how creativity can be applied with equal success to choreography or to strategic planning.

A recognized leader in higher education, Provost Vasquez has served a number of professional organizations as an officer and/or board member. She also remains in high demand as a consultant for comprehensive program review, arts program development in both higher education and in K-12 settings, and as an accreditation specialist in national and international arenas. As a strong advocate and spokesperson for the non-profit sector, she has served on numerous boards, state arts councils, peer review panels and K-12 task forces. Most recently she serves on the boards of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Hartford Hospital.