Sheila Mahan has been Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs since 1996, providing leadership in the areas of enrollment management and student retention. Ms. Mahan had previously served as Senior Assistant to the President from 1988 to 1996 working with three University Presidents, as assistant director of the University’s News Bureau, and as a faculty member in the Departments of English and Individual Studies at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY
Ms. Mahan has been involved in the full range of enrollment management efforts at the University, beginning in the area of undergraduate and graduate admissions in the mid 1990s and expanding into student academic services and retention. She currently provides oversight of the offices of Advisement Services, University Registrar, and the Business and Enrollment Systems, as well as general enrollment management matters. Among her recent projects are the course availability initiative to improve student access to courses, Ask UAlbany/the virtual advisor, efforts to enhance the freshman year experience, and innovations in academic advisement, especially for new students.
She is one of the original members of the PeopleSoft Steering Committee, and is also a member of the University’s Classroom Advisory Committee and the Middle States Association Self-Study Subcommittee on Governance, Leadership and Administration. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the UKids Child Care Center at the University in 1995 and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 1999.
Ms. Mahan earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from Westfield State College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in English from Binghamton University.