Student Affairs with Sharon Basso

The Changing Landscape of Student Affairs and Leadership Lessons Learned

Dr. Sharon Basso is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Claremont McKenna College. Sharon shares with listeners her path to higher education. The conversation explores a number of topics around current trends in student affairs and the challenges that students are experiencing on today’s college campus. 

In the second part of the episode, Sharon offers her insights into the individuals that have impacted her leadership style through the years. Plus, she talks about the lessons she’s learned throughout her time in student affairs and perspectives on new and experienced leaders in higher education.

About Sharon Basso, EdD

Sharon has dedicated her entire professional career to fostering the academic success and personal growth of college students. With over three decades of experience in student affairs, Sharon has an outstanding reputation as a trusted counselor and empathic supporter of students and is an innovative, strategic, and effective leader in higher education. In her work with students, faculty, and staff, she has been dedicated to the growth of a healthy, inclusive community.

Before joining CMC in 2016, Sharon spent much of her career at Lehigh University, where she oversaw 18 departments in student affairs and was responsible for the management of nearly 60 professional and administrative staff. Prior Lehigh, Sharon was a psychological counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lafayette College, where she also played Division I basketball.

She has a master’s degree in college counseling and student development administration from Shippensburg University and a doctorate in educational leadership, administration, and policy from the University of Delaware.