Associate vice provost of Student Affairs and dean of students Sharon Basso to leave Lehigh

Sharon Basso (courtesy of

Sharon Basso (courtesy of

After 28 years at Lehigh, Sharon Basso, associate vice provost of Student Affairs and dean of students, has announced that she will be leaving the university for a position at Claremont McKenna College.

According to an email sent to the community by John Smeaton, Lehigh’s vice provost of student affairs, Basso has accepted the position of vice president of student affairs at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.

“She is an exceptionally dedicated and effective administrator and leader who has positively impacted the lives of tens of thousands of students during her time at Lehigh,” Smeaton said in an email to the community. “Although she will be missed, we recognize that this new role presents an extraordinary career opportunity for her, and wish her great success in the next chapter of her life.”

Basso arrived at Lehigh in 1989 where she first served as assistant dean of students, was promoted to associate dean in 1996 and was named dean of students in 1999. She was named associate vice provost of Student Affairs in 2006, according to the university.

The university’s news announcement credits Basso with: developing and implementing a student life curriculum, leading student crisis management, serving as Title IX deputy coordinator, advising the Student Senate and Council of Student Presidents, chairing the University Health Review Committee responsible for evaluation and response to student mental health emergencies and on-going case management and serving as a member of the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees during her tenure at Lehigh.

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  1. Realistically, she should have been let go awhile ago for her gross mishandling of the UMOJA incident, leading the charge for a cover up and framing of an innocent fraternity. I can only hope that she is in a role of lesser responsibility at her new school — it became very evident that she can’t handle it. Worse than cancer.

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