Hirsh’s Contract Extended to Continue Growth Across Rosemont’s Campus
July 12, 2017 – Rosemont, PA – There is no doubt that much has been accomplished in the past twelve years that Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD ’70 has served as the President of Rosemont College: enrollment has increased, the Undergraduate College has become co-ed, campus facilities have been enhanced and renovated, tuition has been decreased, salaries have grown, and academic programs have been strengthened. Yet, there is still more on this Rosemont alumna’s ‘to-do list.’
The College’s Board of Trustees agrees, and effective July 1st, 2017 has granted President Hirsh a three-year extension of her contract through the 2019-2020 academic year to build on the success of the last twelve years and the College’s commitment to student development.
Most recently, as a part of an extension of the overall strategic plan, Rosemont College Athletics announced a new, innovative, three-year strategic plan specifically for athletics which, when extended an additional two years, will include highlights such as the addition of five new teams and new athletic facilities.
In May 2018, the College intends to break ground to expand Cardinal Hall with approval from the Township of Lower Merion. The expansion will add a two-story addition to Cardinal Hall to total 67,000 square feet. While keeping the dining hall and kitchen, the renovated space will add several areas including an expanded dining room, a game room/café, a large two-story common atrium, a new fitness center, a large multi-purpose room for use by athletics and College events, smart classrooms and much more, to ultimately serve as the hub of activity for students and all members of the College community.
Rosemont also has had significant fundraising success under Hirsh’s tenure, which has helped to provide academic enhancements, scholarship funds, and improvements and renovations to the campus. These capital projects include the construction of the Ravens Athletic Complex, development of the Library Information Commons, purchase and renovation of Gracemere Honors House, the phase one renovation the dining area of Cardinal Hall, and the renovation of the Rotwitt Theater.
Most notably under Hirsh’s leadership, Rosemont launched “Our Tuition Promise” in 2015, a bold step taken to make the College education affordable by reducing tuition 43 percent and room and board 14 percent. Countless local and national publications carried the story and the increase in exposure to the College was instrumental in securing the largest entering cohort of new students in the school’s history. This courageous action helped the growth in enrollment, which continues to date for fall 2017. “Our Tuition Promise” still draws press attention nearly two years later.
“I know I speak for every member of the College’s Board of Trustees in thanking President Hirsh for the remarkable progress that has been achieved during the past twelve years of her presidency and in conveying their excitement for the successes that the next three years of her tenure will bring to Rosemont College,” Maria A. Feeley, Esq. ’93, Chair, Board of Trustees said.
“We want nothing less than the total enhancement of the student experience at the College,” Hirsh said.
“By 2020, Rosemont College will be on solid financial footing with enhanced facilities, improved learning capabilities, and a secure future. I am looking forward to working with the entire Rosemont community over the next three years to make that happen.”