Leadership Team: University Life

Sharon Smith stands outside on campus
Sharon Smith (she/her/hers)
Associate Vice Provost for University Life

Sharon Smith serves as Associate Vice Provost for University Life, overseeing Penn Violence Prevention, Student Intervention Services, and the Weingarten Center, which houses Learning Resources, Tutoring Services, and Student Disability Services. Her areas work closely with Counseling and Psychology Services (CAPS), Student Health Service, International Student and Scholars Services, the Chaplain’s Office, and the 12 schools in a shared mission to serve students navigating Penn. Smith came to Penn in 1987 serving in various leadership positions including PENNCAP, New Student Orientation, and Open Expression. She helped create the mission and framework of Student Intervention Services (SIS), which leads the University’s response to emergencies and critical incidents involving students. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Penn State University and a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Temple University.  

Malik Washington
Malik Washington (malik/he/they)
Director
Penn Violence Prevention (PVP)
Lauren Rudick
Lauren Rudick (she/her/hers)
Director
Student Intervention Services (SIS)
Jane Holahan, Director of the Weingarten Learning Resource Center
Dr. Jane Holahan (she/her/hers)
Executive Director
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
Ryan Miller
Dr. Ryan Miller (he/him/his)
Director
Learning Resources
Weingarten Center
Aaron Spector
Aaron Spector (he/him/his)
Jesselson Family Director
Student Disabilities Services
Weingarten Center
Valerie Wrenn
Valerie Wrenn (she/her/hers)
Associate Director
Tutoring Services
Weingarten Center