Sharon L. Vasquez became provost of the University of Hartford on August 15, 2010. As provost, she oversees all academic-related functions, including undergraduate and graduate programs that serve approximately 7500 students enrolled in seven colleges and schools, over 350 full-time faculty, education technology, and the libraries.
In her two and a half years as provost, she has played a major role in a comprehensive review and prioritization exercise, a full-time faculty compensation study, and a strategic look at online teaching and learning.
Prior to her arrival in Hartford, she served as Dean of Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, where she oversaw academic departments of art and art history, communication, dance, music, and theatre, while also having responsibility for the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity, the Black Theatre Program, and the University Art Collection. Previous executive appointments in academia include serving as Dean of the School of Arts and Performance at the State University of New York at Brockport and as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, where she held an Endowed Professorship.
Having begun her career as a dancer/choreographer, Vasquez holds the MFA degree from Florida State University. She also earned the CMA (advanced certification in Movement Analysis) from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. She enjoyed a creative life as a choreographer and director in both professional and academic settings, including numerous workshops presented in the U.S. and abroad, a Fulbright Award for work in Peru, and participation in the USA/Netherlands Cultural Exchange. Having left the “studio” for a career change into administration in 1990, her current professional interests include entrepreneurship and the arts as well as the role of women in leadership, a topic she has explored in workshops for women executives.
Provost Vasquez has been an active leader in a number of professional academic organizations, including the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA), and ACE Michigan’s State Network for Women. As a strong advocate and spokesperson for the arts, she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, state arts councils, peer review panels, and numerous K-12 task forces. She remains in high demand nationally as a consultant on academic program development and serves as an accreditation specialist for the Hong Kong Council on Accreditation. In her new home state of Connecticut, she has been tapped for the boards of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Ballet, and Hartford Hospital’s Board of Corporators.