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Sharon Morrissey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs

Dr. Sharon Morrissey is the senior vice chancellor for academic and workforce programs in the Virginia Community College System. She is responsible for state-level coordination of credit and non-credit programs, student success initiatives, research and reporting, federal program administration and related policy review, and professional development for Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Dr. Morrissey is leading initiatives to increase student success outcomes across the VCCS and developing policies for alternative placement measures, math pathways, credit for prior learning, improved transfer outcomes, and dual enrollment redesign. Her leadership in developing a system-wide approach to student success led to a grant-funded, statewide Student Success Center that provides faculty and staff with professional development and technical assistance to support institutional change and improve students' pathway to completion.

Prior to joining the VCCS, Dr. Morrissey served as the executive vice president for programs and chief academic officer for the North Carolina Community College System. In those roles, she initiated, developed, and administered state-level policies and strategies to improve student access, enhance program quality, and increase student success. Dr. Morrissey led several system-wide student success initiatives, including developmental education redesign and structured dual enrollment pathways for high school students. Dr. Morrissey also led a revision of NC’s statewide articulation agreement between the 58 community colleges and 16 public universities to ensure transfer students’ success.

Dr. Morrissey is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Policy, & Human Development at North Carolina State University. In 2006, she received the Department’s I.E. Ready Distinguished Graduate Award, and in 2014 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Morrissey previously served as president of Richmond Community College, vice president for instruction at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and vice president for academic and student services at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She began her community college career as an English instructor at Central Carolina Community College.