Sharp Named Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development

Leslie N. Sharp, associate vice provost for Graduate Education and Faculty Development, will serve as interim vice provost, following the retirement of Susan Cozzens. While Cozzens will work through June 30, Sharp will officially assume the interim role June 16 and serve until a new vice provost is named.

“We are incredibly grateful to Leslie for her steadfast service in the Office of Graduate Education and Faculty Development,” said Rafael L. Bras, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs and K. Harrison Brown Family Chair. “She continues to play a pivotal role in the maturation of these programs and services, and her leadership in this time of transition will ensure continuity for our graduate and faculty community.”

The search for the new vice provost began in April and is being led by Paul Kohn, vice provost of Enrollment Services. Applications were accepted from tenured members of the Tech faculty. Three finalists are under consideration, and selection of the new vice provost is expected in early June with an anticipated midsummer start date.

Since 2013, Sharp has served as associate vice provost and has been part of the development of distinct programs and services on behalf of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty members, including the Office of Graduate Studies, the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Office of Postdoctoral Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Along with her role as associate vice provost, Sharp teaches historic preservation in the College of Design, where she also served as the assistant dean of Academic Affairs and Outreach. She holds a Ph.D. in History of Technology from Georgia Tech, as well as a Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Georgia. Her research explores the impact of technology on people and places within the framework of historic preservation and gender. She is also author of the book “Tennessee’s Dixie Highway: Springfield to Chattanooga” (2011).  

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