Manchester's Dean Sharfman
to lead Oglethorpe academics

Manchester University’s academic leader, Glenn Sharfman, will assume a similar position with Oglethorpe University in Atlanta this summer. Sharfman joined Manchester in 2005 as vice president and dean for academic affairs.

For Manchester, Sharfman led a total restructuring of the core requirements for all students. The University added new graduate programs in education and athletic training and opened a College of Pharmacy on a new Fort Wayne campus. The University also constructed a new Academic Center and new learning facilities in the Physical Education and Recreation Center. The Holocaust scholar taught popular January session classes on the North Manchester campus.

“Glenn Sharfman has been an extraordinary academic leader for Manchester, and Oglethorpe will be grateful for his positive presence on their campus,” said MU President Jo Young Switzer. “He understands the centrality of a strong faculty to an effective learning experience for students.” Manchester will begin a nationwide search for a new vice president and dean for academic affairs.

Sharfman also was active in the Manchester community, with his wife Susie raising triplets – who now are enrolled in liberal arts colleges – in North Manchester, where he is a member of the Board of Education. Susie Sharfman serves on the University Advancement staff.

“We have met wonderful people who are committed to making a difference in the world through education and service,” said Sharfman. “This is a special place where students do indeed surpass their own expectations. We will miss this place but are confident the institution is headed in the right direction with strong momentum.”

Sharfman came to Manchester after 15 years with Hiram College in Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University and a master’s and Ph.D. in European history from the University of North Carolina.

He will assume his new position as provost and vice president for academic affairs of Oglethorpe University on July 8. “Dr. Sharfman is an accomplished scholar and an extraordinary addition to our leadership team,” said Oglethorpe President Larry Schall.

“His expertise, creativity and passion for the liberal arts and sciences will be integral in ensuring Oglethorpe continues building upon its long history of academic excellence.”

March 2014

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