USF St. Petersburg Names New Campus Registrar

Shari Piotrowski Schwartz

Shari Piotrowski Schwartz

Shari Piotrowski Schwartz has been named the new Registrar at USFSP. In this role, Schwartz will manage and provide leadership and supervision for the Office of Records and Registration and will serve as the institutional steward for academic information and records that support faculty, staff, and students at USFSP. She will start in this new role on Jan. 9, 2017.

“We are delighted that Shari will join us, bringing her vast knowledge and experience to the table,” said Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska. “The role of registrar has changed considerably in recent years. The Office of the Registrar has become critical to student success.”

Schwartz offers 31 years of experience in higher education, having worked as registrar at Georgia State University and the State University of New York at Onondaga Community College. At Syracuse University, she held several positions with increased levels of responsibility during her 15 years at the institution.

“I have successfully implemented new programs and systems for student success and engagement from the point of admission to graduation, and continuing with alumni development,” said Schwartz. “At the institutions I have worked, I have fostered the development of student experiences within and outside the classroom. I look forward to working with others at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to do the same.”

“Shari is a thoughtful, reflective leader who will share with USFSP her vision, her extensive knowledge, and years of experience as a practicing registrar,” said Catherine Cardwell, dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library who headed up the search committee for the registrar position. “I can speak for the whole search committee and say that we are pleased that Shari will be joining the university and we look forward to working with her.”

Schwartz received a bachelor’s degree in Public Communications/Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a master’s degree in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from the College of Education at Syracuse University. She is working to complete a doctorate in Literary Studies at Georgia State University.