CHHS Student Success Center

CHHS Welcomes New Assistant Dean for Student Success

Sheri Shaw, Assistant Dean for Student SuccessCHHS welcomes Sheri Shaw, the new assistant dean for student success, who will be joining the College on Nov. 28.

Prior to UNCW, Sheri worked in the private sector for Mannie Jackson, the former owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, as chief of staff for Visionary Enhancement, LLC, overseeing a new development project that will add a humanities and STEM center, as well as a hotel and conference center to Mannie’s hometown of Edwardsville, Illinois.

During her time there, she managed the development progress and project and directed the workflow of all investors and the local government. In addition, she communicated and implemented the organization’s strategy that often included oversight of construction, property, tenants, operations and donors.

Previous to this position, Sheri worked in the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University as the director of undergraduate student services and associate director of operations, where she provided support services to 3,000 undergraduate business students by managing the student advising center and the undergraduate student portfolio, which included enrollment, transfer credit evaluations, registration, compliance, academic advising and more. Prior to Drexel, she held a number of positions at the University of Illinois, including the director of the Mannie L. Jackson Illinois Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program in the College of Applied Health Sciences.

Sheri is currently in the final stages of earning her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the College of Applied Health Sciences. Sheri said she and her doctoral advisor researched the CHHS position together. It was important for her to find a position in academia that would place her back working directly with students and a staff focused on student development and success in the allied health field.

“I was so excited when I came for the on-campus interview to meet the CHHS staff and students,” Sheri said. “Everyone is so wonderful, inviting and committed to community engagement, student success and the field of health. To receive this position feels amazing; it feels like I’m coming home.”

Sheri was born and raised in Decatur, IL, and is the youngest of three children. She completed her bachelors and masters at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she got the opportunity to make stage clothes for plays and sororities. It was her passion of this craft that allowed her the chance to study fashion at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, and receive a degree in product development and design.

Sheri said other cool experiences in her life include running her first half-marathon on the Indy 500 race track, building homes in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina devastation in the lower Ninth Ward and traveling to China and climbing the Great Wall.

In her spare time, Sheri enjoys group fitness—she teaches body pump, indoor cycling and piloxing—and she enjoys traveling and completing D.I.Y. projects. A goal of hers is to get back into training to complete another half or full marathon within the next year.