Sharon Herzberger joined Academic Search following a long, varied career in higher education at three private institutions, Northwestern University, Trinity College, and most recently, Whittier College, where she served as president for 13 years. Upon her retirement, she was appointed president emerita. She also has served as vice president for planning and administration, vice president for student services, associate vice president for a capital campaign, and special assistant to the president for affirmative action. As a professor of psychology, her research and teaching interests focused on social cognition and decision-making. She earned her BA at Penn State University and her MA and PhD at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Herzberger has held leadership positions in many national and state organizations. She chaired the NCAA Division III President’s Council and was a member of the NCAA’s Executive Board. She also served on the boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the Annapolis Group, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities. While at Trinity, she founded and chaired the Consortium on High Achievement and Success, recruiting 36 presidents of the nation’s most selective colleges to transform their institutions to promote the success and satisfaction of students of all backgrounds. She currently mentors aspiring college and university presidents through the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for MSIs.
Dr. Herzberger has led numerous searches for college officers and enjoys helping committees develop strategies and processes that will lead to successful conclusions.