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 previous 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.