Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Purdue University 302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2108
Sharon is a native of West Lafayette having lived the first 16 years and the last 20 years in this community. In between, she resided in Fayetteville, AR Cedar Rapids, IA and Memphis, TN. She is the second of a three generation family of Boilermakers. Sharon received a BS in Foods & Nutrition/Dietetics Purdue, a MS in Education from Memphis State University and a PhD in Career and Technical Education from Purdue.
Sharon was Director of Office Services and Records Administration at Rockwell International/ Collins Avionics in Iowa. She was Project Director and Registered Dietitian for the Metropolitan Interfaith Association Meals program where she supervised 80 employees and hundreds of volunteers as they provided congregate and home delivered meals to 4000+ senior citizens in a four county area of Tennessee. She was also the Registered Dietitian for the Memphis City Schools system.
Upon return to West Lafayette, she served as Assistant Food Supervisor in the Purdue residence hall system and at the Indiana Veterans Home as Clinical Dietitian. She left that field to pursue her PhD while becoming tutoring coordinator for Purdue's College of Technology and subsequently Academic Advisor in three of the Departments within the College: Computer Technology, Industrial Technology, and Organizational Leadership.
Her husband, Henry, is a Purdue alumnus and faculty member in Department of Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Karl, their son, and Erin, his wife, are also Purdue grads. Karl was a football manager and Erin was Golden Girl #22. They live, with daugher and future Boilermaker, Allyson Jeanne, in Peoria, IL.
Sharon is a Purdue sports fanatic, bleeding black and gold. Her family are avid Purdue sports fans often attending away games. Sharon and her husband lead a study abroad group of 15 Purdue students to Germany each Spring Break. Sharon believes she has found her calling in academic advising and loves working with the OLS students, faculty and staff.
Bachelor of Science Purdue University 1973
Master of Science Memphis State University 1983
Doctor of Philosophy Purdue University 2007