Sharon White has been appointed the director of UConnʼs Stamford campus, following an extensive national search. White has served as the interim head of the campus for the past year, and her appointment is effective immediately.
“Sharon has provided outstanding leadership of the campus, including managing its academic programs, the campus budget, fundraising, community outreach and engagement, and faculty and student relationships,” says Douglas Cooper, vice provost for undergraduate education and the regional campuses. “Additionally, she has developed important relationships within the community among business and legislative leaders. Her fundraising and entrepreneurial activities have increased scholarship funding for campus students and support for programs.”
White has been with UConn for more than 30 years, beginning in 1980 as coordinator for the Center for Academic Programs at the Stamford campus. Prior to her position as interim campus director, she worked to address both retention of students and the quality of student life at the Stamford campus. She has served on both educational and community boards, and has presented extensively at professional conferences.
White holds a B.A. in English education from UConnʼs School of Education, now the Neag School of Education; an M.A. in higher education/student administration and counseling, also from UConn; and an Ed.D. in higher education/student personnel administration from Columbia University. She completed a summer fellowship at the 2010 Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management at Vanderbilt University. She also was the recipient of the UConn “Women of Color” recognition award for 2007, 2008, and 2009, and the ACE Office of Women in Higher Educationʼs “Advancing Women in Leadership” award in 2007.
UConn has had a regional campus in Stamford since 1955 and the campus has been at its current location in downtown Stamford since 1998. More than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students attend classes at the campus, which offers a variety of majors including American studies, business administration, business and technology, economics, English, human development and family studies, history, political science, psychology, general studies, and professional studies.
Nearly 100 faculty members and staff are based on the campus.