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UVI Names Sharlene Harris VP of Information Services & Institutional Assessment

CIO Sharlene Harris

Sharlene J. Harris has been appointed vice president of Information Services and Institutional Assessment at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). In this senior leadership position, Harris is responsible for managing the University’s use of technology and information resources as well as directing ongoing assessment initiatives across the institution.

She also has oversight not only of the development and maintenance of information resources that support student learning, faculty research and administrative planning, but also helping to design and manage the systems and programs needed to support UVI’s mission, goals, objectives and strategic initiatives.

 “I have been extremely impressed with the leadership she has provided for the Information and Technology Services component, and for the University,” said UVI President Dr. David Hall. “Her leadership, dedication and insights were extremely valuable as we recovered from the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. She, along with an outstanding ITS team, made a tremendous difference in our ability to maintain core technology during this major challenge.”

Harris served in the position on an interim basis following the untimely passing of Tina M. Koopmans, the University’s former VP for Information Services and Institutional Assessment, in 2017.  President Hall said, Harris has a vast and deep knowledge of ITS from her many years of experience in that unit. She also possesses a deep appreciation for the broader challenges the University faces.

“I am confident that with her leadership UVI will transform our institutional assessment processes, and become a national leader in the use of educational technology,” said Dr. Hall.

Harris has played an integral role in the University’s strategic planning and accreditation review processes, helping her colleagues embrace the critical challenge by guiding both academic and administrative units through the successful development of the strategic planning process.

“Her ability to weave together a framework that included all voices and perspective, and still move the plan to completion in a timely and thoughtful manner was outstanding,” Dr. Hall said. 

“With responsibility for information services, assessment and strategic planning under the Information Services and Institutional Assessment (IS&IA) umbrella, we have an opportunity to touch every unit of the University from the introduction of new technologies, to training, and assessment on the overall effectiveness of all we do,” said Harris. “IS&IA is well poised to help other units  achieve their goals, while implementing processes that encourage and support  innovative ways of thinking and doing things.”

From 2013 to 2017 she was the University’s Assistant Chief Information Officer. Prior to that, she served as the Manager of Enterprise Data and User Services with Information and Technology Services, where she had responsibility for the University’s Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) and related applications.  She also previously served as Territorial Director of Libraries under the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Library Science from Ohio Dominican College and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Vice President for Information Services and Institutional Assessment serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.