SHARON LATCHAW HIRSH, Ph.D.
On September 30th, 2006, Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D, an alumna of the class of 1970, was inaugurated as the 13th President of Rosemont College.
Since her appointment on December 12th, 2005 as the acting president of Rosemont College after President Ann M. Amore was granted a medical leave, Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D., '70 quickly demonstrated her willingness to serve the Rosemont College community with an unselfish and dedicated spirit.
Her commitment and enthusiasm carried the Rosemont community through a difficult period in the College's history following Ann Amore's death, leading the Board of Trustees to elect her with confidence as the thirteenth president on March 4th, 2006. President Hirsh brings more then 30 years of experience in higher education to Rosemont. Most recently, Dr. Hirsh held an endowed chair at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
While at Dickinson, Dr. Hirsh rose from assistant professor of Art History to the Charles A. Dana Professor of Art History. She served as Director of the Trout Gallery and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. In 1981, Dr. Hirsh was awarded the Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, and in 1991, she was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Born in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, President Hirsh was raised in a home that strongly emphasized education; her late mother was a fourth grade teacher. Upon entering Rosemont College in 1966, President Hirsh knew she wanted to emulate her mother and made education the focus of her studies. After completing her undergraduate degree in History of Art and Studio Art, President Hirsh returned to her hometown where she continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her masters degree in the History of Art in 1971; three years later she completed her doctoral degree. That same year, she joined the faculty of Dickinson College.
President Hirsh is an internationally recognized scholar of turn of the century art in western Europe. She has served as a visiting curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Schweizerisch Institute fur Kunstwissenschaft in Zurich. In 1998, she was a visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts; more recently, Dr. Hirsh was a visiting scholar at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and exhibition catalogues. In 2004, Dr. Hirsh's fifth book, Symbolism and Modern Urban Society was published by Cambridge University Press.
She is the wife of the late Neil Hirsh, Esq. and the mother of Michael Hirsh, a 2005 graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland.