President Sharon Hirsh Named Woman of Distinction

Posted: November 7, 2013

Philadelphia Business Journal has announced that Sharon L. Hirsh, president of Rosemont College, has been honored as a 2013 Women of Distinction award recipient. The region’s most dynamic women will be recognized on Tuesday, November 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Philadelphia, Downtown Hotel, 17th & Race Streets.

“I am honored to be selected from such an impressive pool of women and proud be associated with this vibrant group who represent many of the area’s most qualified leaders,” said Hirsh about receiving this prestigious award.

Hirsh, an alumna of the class of 1970, became President of Rosemont College in 2006. President Hirsh brings more than 45 years of experience in higher education to the position. In her role she provides executive leadership for the operations of the College, and is responsible for implementing the strategic roadmap, developing the operating plan, and budget.

"Philadelphia Business Journal is thrilled to honor the women who are true role models in our region ¬in professional achievement and in community service," said Craig Ey, Editor-in-Chief, of Philadelphia Business Journal. "The 2013 Women of Distinction winners, in particular, embody all of what makes the Philadelphia region great;¬ people who are very talented, passionate about what they do and committed to personal, professional and community success."

Presented by Wells Fargo, the event will gather 500 of the region’s newsmakers for networking and an inspiring awards ceremony. Winners will be profiled in a special section of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s November 15 issue.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Rosemont College in History of Art and Studio Art, President Hirsh continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her master’s degree in the History of Art in 1971; three years later she completed her doctoral degree.

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; and was a visiting scholar at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 1981, President Hirsh was awarded the Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, and in 1991, she was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and exhibition catalogues. In 2004, Hirsh's fifth book, Symbolism and Modern Urban Society was published by Cambridge University Press.


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