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Dr. Sharon DeVivo

Vaughn College’s First Female President Transforms College’s Structure

Committed to helping first-generation students excel in their chosen fields

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology President Dr. Sharon DeVivo and five other women who defied long-ingrained gender stereotypes to become highly successful professionals recently participated in a panel discussion. The “Women Exceeding Barriers” event was held in October 2017 at Vaughn College’s New York City campus.

“This event was an outstanding example of Vaughn’s commitment to ensuring that the next generation of leaders is well-equipped for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” DeVivo said.

An employee of the college since 1996, DeVivo was named president in 2014. She is the first woman in Vaughn College’s history to hold the office of president. Under her administration, Vaughn College transformed from a primarily training institution to one that offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in aviation, engineering, technology, and management.

“It is important to me that long-term career success be a hallmark for a Vaughn degree and…that we are on the right path for our female students, minority students, and all students,” DeVivo said.

She earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree from Fordham University in New York City, and a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

DeVivo serves on the boards of The Wings Club, the International Aviation Women’s Association, and the Queens Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts.

We hope her story enlightens and inspires you to realize your true potential and motivates you to use it in a way that not only enhances your life but impacts those around you.

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