First Lady Profile
Sharon Kazee earned her PhD in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. Until July 2010, she was the dean and vice president for arts and academics at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
An educator for over 30 years, Sharon was named the 2010 Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians – a distinction given for her professional excellence, collaboration, and leadership. The honor came as recognition of a career that has included teaching both instrumental and vocal music, and service as an administrator both at the school and the district levels.
Prior to working at the Governor’s School, Sharon was the fine arts coordinator with Greenville County Schools, and was previously the curriculum specialist for performing arts with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Ben Craig First Union Teacher of the Year Award for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the South Carolina Art Education Association’s Distinguished Art Advocate, and the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education’s Leadership Award. In 2010, Sharon was named one of TALK Greenville magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful Women, and in January 2011, she received the Individual Research Initiative Award presented by the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education.
Sharon is an advocate for arts and education initiatives through her active community involvement. She currently serves on the Signature School Board of Directors, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors, St. Mary’s Health System Board of Directors, the Evansville Public Art Commission, the University of Evansville Art Collection Committee, the Evansville Museum Board of Directors, the University of Evansville Theatre Society Board of Directors, Evansville Women Stepping Up, Women’s Equality Day Planning Committee, the Da Vinci Institute Steering Committee, and the Executive Committee of the University of Evansville President’s Club.
Sharon is an energetic member of the campus community and is often seen at campus events. She has served as a lecturer or keynote speaker for a number of events, such as the Andiron Lectures in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wednesday Mornings at UE, Humanities Night, the Outstanding Educators of the Year banquet, the Office Staff Association luncheon, and a student leadership conference.
Sharon is married to Tom Kazee, president at the University of Evansville. They have two children: Nicole is the director of health policy and programs for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, and Geoffrey is an assistant superintendent at the River Creek Club in Leesburg, Virginia. Tom and Sharon have two grandchildren, twins Cora and Milo.