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Sharon Hirsh

President Hirsh addressing graduation in a red cap and gown speaking at a light brown stand that has the college in metal writing, half smiling looking towards the right
Title Office of the President
Program / Dept. President
Phone (610) 527-0200 x2200
Email shirsh@rosemont.edu

Make It Personal

Name 5 things you love (other than your family) or love doing?

1. Being with Rosemont students, families, and alumni
2. Seeing our successes at Rosemont, thanks to everyone’s dedication and very hard work.
3.Being at my favorite lake, swimming and boating 4. Reading
5. Doing just about anything if it is done with my son. This includes laying hardwood floors.
 

What goal are you currently trying to achieve?

Right now of course I am working on all six goals of our current Strategic Plan. A pressing goal within that is raising funds for Phase two of our Community Center: a three-story “wrap-around” expansion of the current Cardinal Hall that will provide us with a true Student Center.

 

Who or What inspires you?

The Rosemont College community. Everyone on this campus encompasses the mission of the college.

 

Where is the furthest place you have travelled?

I have traveled to most of Europe, and I think that this would be the furthest.

 

Favorite college memory? (from what College?)

My favorite Undergraduate College memory is cumulative, over three years, as Director of the Class Play. Each year we produced a full musical comedy, reduced to twenty minutes – not easy, but so much fun. All the practices, costume designs, choreography, went on forever, sometimes serious, but often ending in hysterical laughter.

 

What advice would you give to your college self?

To pay more attention to the mission and it’s relationship to the sisters.

 

What does the Rosemont Mission (broken into parts) mean to you?

I have written before (in the Rosemont magazine) that my two favorite words in our mission statement are “joy” and “open”. When we say we want “excellence and joy” in the pursuit of knowledge, we are linking quality with attitude. Lots of institutions say that they want to be something superlative: “excellence” is a common term. But Rosemont claims that we want excellence AND joy. That speaks to our culture, our attitudes, our values. And in terms of “open,” our mission statement says that we want “open and critical minds”. To my mind, this is an important qualification: you can have a critical mind that is nonetheless narrow and not open. We want both.

 

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

A good sturdy sneaker. First of all, I’ve had multiple foot surgeries so I need that, plus they are good for getting into and out of boats.

 

Ask various ‘Would You Rather…” questions (Pick One)Would you rather be trapped in an elevator with Bill Gates or Bonno?

 I would much rather be trapped in an elevator with Bill Gates. He has, with his wife Melinda, an avowed interest in Higher Education, with an emphasis on first generation, underserved, and high-need students. We have many such students who do very well at Rosemont. I would hope that we were stuck long enough to allow me to convince Mr. Gates that he should support Rosemont College. And remember, a statement in favor of your cause that is precise and concise is called an “elevator speech!"

 

Would you rather visit Paris, France or Sidney, Australia?


Paris is a favorite city and has some of my favorite libraries to do research.

Would you rather have two tickets to the Super Bowl or two tickets to the White House Press Dinner? 

White House Press Dinner, no question.

 


Would you rather see Rosemont build a swimming pool or a parking garage?

I’m too aware of all of the costs and liabilities of having a pool not to choose the parking garage, which we may actually need sooner rather than later.

 

  • Founders' Day 2015

    Founders' Day 2015

  • Commencement 2015

    Commencement 2015

  • President Hirsh with students.

    President Hirsh with students.

  • President Hirsh eating lunch with students.

    President Hirsh eating lunch with students.

  • President Hirsh wit Nicole Brogan at her senior show.

    President Hirsh wit Nicole Brogan at her senior show.

  • President Hirsh at a women's softball game.

    President Hirsh at a women's softball game.

  • Standing on the deck at a women's softball game.

    Standing on the deck at a women's softball game.

  • President Hirsh meeting the Renny the Raven for the first time.

    President Hirsh meeting the Renny the Raven for the first time.

  • Breaking ground to construct the Rosemont Ravens Athletics Complex.

    Breaking ground to construct the Rosemont Ravens Athletics Complex.

  • President Hirsh with alumna Pat Ciarrocchi.

    President Hirsh with alumna Pat Ciarrocchi.

  • President Hirsh and her son, Michael, at the Athletics Complex.

    President Hirsh and her son, Michael, at the Athletics Complex.

  • Annual Tree Lighting, 2014.

    Annual Tree Lighting, 2014.

  • The tradition of the Penny Toss lives on.

    The tradition of the Penny Toss lives on.

  • Rennie and President Hirsh on the balcony at Main Building.

    Rennie and President Hirsh on the balcony at Main Building.

  • Everyone loves Christmas at Rosemont.

    Everyone loves Christmas at Rosemont.

  • President Hirsh does selfies too.

    President Hirsh does selfies too.