Dr. Sharon Morrissey serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research in the Virginia Community College System, where she is responsible for state-level coordination of academic programs, student success initiatives, research and reporting, and related policy review and professional development. Dr. Morrissey is leading initiatives to increase student success outcomes across the VCCS, including the Student Success Leadership Institute which is designed to prepare college teams to scale proven student success strategies for comprehensive institutional change. Her leadership on a system-wide approach to student success led to the award of grant funding for a statewide Student Success Center that will provide faculty and staff with professional development and technical assistance to accelerate efforts to improve persistence and completion.
Prior to joining the VCCS, Dr. Morrissey served as the Executive Vice President for Programs and Chief Academic Officer for the North Carolina Community College System, where she initiated, developed and administered state-level policies and strategies to improve student access, enhance program quality, and increase student success. Dr. Morrissey led several system-wide student success initiatives, including developmental education redesign, structured dual enrollment pathways for high school students, dual enrollment in occupational courses leading to credentials for adult basic skills students, and development of a policy framework to support Completion by Design. Dr. Morrissey also led a revision of NC’s statewide articulation agreement between the 58 community colleges and 16 public universities to ensure transfer students’ success.
Dr. Morrissey serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Education Leadership, Policy & Human Development at North Carolina State University. In 2006, she received the Department’s I.E. Ready Distinguished Graduate Award, and in 2014 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
In previous community college roles, Dr. Morrissey served as President of Richmond Community College, Vice President for Instruction at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Fayetteville Technical Community College. She began her community college career as an English instructor at Central Carolina Community College.