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Mike Laffin

For immediate release:
April 9, 2003

Carnegie Mellon University Appoints Steven J. Sharratt Associate Dean of Advancement for the Graduate School of Industrial Administration

PITTSBURGH—Steven J. Sharratt has joined Carnegie Mellon University as associate dean of advancement for the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, the university's internationally ranked business school.

Sharratt had been director of operations for the Parker Center for Investment Research at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Prior to the Parker Center, Sharratt was the executive director of development and assistant dean for external relations for eight years at the Johnson School. "The Graduate School of Industrial Administration is well known for its leadership in business and technology, and I'm looking forward to being a part of its future," Sharratt said of his new position.

In Sharratt's new role, he will oversee institutional advancement activities for the business school including fundraising, alumni relations, marketing and communications.

"We are extremely pleased to have Steve join us at Carnegie Mellon. His track record of successful fundraising and external relations for top tier business schools and his academic background are a great match with the school's needs, interests and direction," said Kenneth B. Dunn, dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration.

Sharratt earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business; a master of arts in English literature from Toronto University and a bachelor of arts in English literature from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

He joined the Parker Center in 2001 as director of operations, where he led fundraising and media relations activity and provided oversight for its multimillion-dollar technology platform. Sharratt's relationship with the Parker Center began when he secured funding for its creation as the executive director of development and assistant dean for external relations at the Johnson School. While at Cornell, Sharratt also cultivated and secured major gifts from individual and institutional donors, successfully concluding a $50 million capital campaign. He helped to increase annual fund giving by 50 percent, organized symposia and events to strengthen the school's presence domestically and in Asia and Europe.

Prior to Cornell, Sharratt was vice president/team leader for private banking at Chemical Bank/Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., New York City, where he managed the credit/marketing team with a diversified client base of entrepreneurs and assets of more than $50 million. He was also director of corporate relations at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University. Sharratt's professional experience also includes director of development, Institute for Art and Urban Resources (P.S. 1), New York, N.Y.; membership director, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; grants administrator, Southwest Minnesota Arts & Humanities Council, Marshall, Minn.; writer-editor, St. Mary's Junior College, Minneapolis; instructor of English and theater, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's, Md.


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