Sharyn Bahn was appointed the associate dean for advancement at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, effective Aug. 4.
With a distinguished career in development, Bahn comes to Radcliffe from the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge and previously from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. She succeeds Tamara Elliott Rogers, who was appointed Harvard’s vice president for alumni affairs and development.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Sharyn to Radcliffe. We look forward to watching her talents flourish, as she reaches out to our alumnae community, complements the range of intellectual and creative knowledge on our leadership team, and helps guide staff to new successes. With deep connections to East and West Coast audiences and experience working with the Harvard and Radcliffe art communities, Sharyn is a natural fit with Radcliffe’s mission,” said Barbara J. Grosz, dean of the Radcliffe Institute.
At Radcliffe, Bahn will oversee the areas of communications, development, and alumnae services. Previously, she served as the director of development at the A.R.T., which is one of the top-ranked regional theaters in the United States and operates in association with Harvard. Bahn has also served as director of development at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and has held senior development positions at the University of California, San Francisco, WGBH, and Cambridge College. For more than a decade, she was the founding executive director of the Women’s Technical Institute in Boston, the first postsecondary licensed and accredited technical school for women. She earned a certificate of advanced studies in management from Radcliffe in 1988 and a master’s in teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1971.