Sheena Ramirez has an extensive background working in Higher Education, particularly in the areas of Admissions and Recruitment. Recognized as a thought leader in these fields, she has presented for national organizations such as the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD), and the Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association (CIVSA). She worked in multiple positions over a five-year tenure at Stevens Institute of Technology during a period of remarkable growth. As the Campus Experience Manager and CRM Specialist at Stevens Institute of Technology, she planned all of the University Visit Days, special events, and daily visit options for prospective STEM students. She also developed and managed the Events portal of the Admissions CRM for Stevens, and oversaw a team of student tour guides and ambassadors.
Currently, she serves as the Director of Recruitment for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She works with prospective students the School of Art, Design, and Art History; the School of Music; and the School of Theatre and Dance. In this role, she is responsible for developing college-wide recruitment events and initiatives, attending high school visits and arts college fairs, planning audition and portfolio review days, delivering arts specific communications, and systematic data integrity and analysis. Ramirez holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s degree from New England Conservatory in Vocal Performance. She is currently earning her DMA in Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature at James Madison University.