As a new school year begins at East Georgia State College, Dr. Sandra Sharman will be filling the role as Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. In this dual role, she will manage and supervise each department’s deans, the Associate Vice Presidents, and be a vehicle of communication between many of the college departments.
This role may be new for Dr. Sharman, but she is not new to the college. She began her career at East Georgia State College over 20 years ago. For the first seven years of her tenure at EGSC, Dr. Sharman was the director of the Statesboro campus. When she decided to start a family, she took a step back into a teaching role for more flexibility. A few of years ago, Dr. Sharman moved back into administration.
Dr. Sharman said this part of Georgia reminds her of home, and that’s part of the reason she continues to stay in the area. She was born in New Orleans but moved to Mississippi when she was very young. Since she spent most of her childhood in Mississippi, it was only fitting that she started her education at the University of Mississippi. She got her bachelor’s degree and continued on to graduate school at East Tennessee State University. She simultaneously got two master’s degrees—one in education and the other in reading. While she was at East Tennessee State University, part of her graduate assistantship was to teach college-level study strategies courses and reading courses. Her focus for what she wanted to do with her own education then began to drift to higher education.
Walters State Community College employed Dr. Sharman as an instructor. While there, she had a very good experience and knew teaching was what she wanted to do. That’s when she made her way to the University of Georgia to work toward her doctorate with an emphasis in cognition, learning, memory, and how the brain processes information. Dr. Sharman said one of her fondest memories was working with athletics, especially the freshman on the football team, as a graduate teaching assistant.
Dr. Sharman is excited for the new school year and is most looking forward to meeting the new group of students coming to campus. Since she has worked mainly on the Statesboro campus, she said she is also excited to meet more of the faculty and staff on the Swainsboro campus.
“I want to find the time in my new busy schedule to go and meet the employees at this campus,” said Dr. Sharman. “I like to get out and about and talk with people. I really love seeing the students.”
When Dr. Sharman isn’t at EGSC, she is most likely spending time with her husband, Jim, or their two daughters. One of her daughters, Katherine, is a senior at Georgia Southern University, and the other, Alexandra, attends Kennesaw State University. She enjoys time with her chickens, cats and dogs. Dr. Sharman also loves to explore new places, cook and read.