Shari A. Rich

Associate Dean of Student Services, Engagement, and Leadership


M.S., Education/College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
B.S., Psychology with a minor in Business/Human Resource Management, Western Illinois University



Office of Student Life , Cerf Center


  • Information about the Reagan Leadership Program for incoming high school students
  • Information about the Sandifer Mentorship Program, for first-year students beginning their college careers at Eureka
  • Exploring and securing community service and service-learning opportunities
  • Co-curricular leadership development and educational opportunities, including involvement with the Student Leadership Ambassador Team program
  • Assisting students in accessing services, resources, and support necessary for academic, personal success, and career success
  • Involvement on the Eureka College Dance Team



Shari Rich has over 25 years of higher education and student affairs experience gained at a variety of colleges universities including community college, small and large public, and private institutions. She began her tenure at Eureka College in 2004 as the Director of Career Services and moved into her current role as Associate Dean in 2008. While at Eureka, Shari has also assisted with the Freshmen Seminar Program, Organizational Leadership Degree Completion Program, and Applied and Experiential Learning initiatives. In addition to her serving as Associate Dean of Students, she serves on a variety of College committees including the Higher Learning Commission, Mission Criterion, Retention and Persistence, Student Life Committee, ECCARE (Eureka College Campus Assessment, Response, and Evaluation) Behavioral Intervention Team, and the Innovation Task Force. Shari has also served as the Eureka College Dance Team advisor since 2005.



Shari currently serves as one of the College’s institutional representatives to ACPA (College Student Educators International). In this capacity, she shares timely and relevant resources (print and web-based) to the other members of the Student Life Staff and encourages the use of these resources for professional development. During her tenure, she has supported the College’s membership with NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), ISCPA (Illinois Small College Placement Association), and NACA (National Association of Campus Activities), AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities) as well as involvement with Illinois Campus Compact.



Shari serves as an elder with her church, has volunteered through Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Lunch Buddy, served as a Reading Buddy with District 150 schools in Peoria, and currently is involved on the Post Prom Committee at her daughter’s high school. Within her role with the Reagan Leadership Program, she is actively involved with the annual Woodford County Teen Jamboree.



Eureka is unique for me because of its students. I am inspired by their commitment to their academics, motivation to be involved on campus as team members and leaders, and for their passion for making a difference through service in their community, country, and world. There are so many unique opportunities for students to use their education in meaningful and purposeful ways and I continue to be amazed by their desire and eagerness to take full advantage of all their educational experiences.



Shari is from Deer-Creek, IL and grew up in Mackinaw; is married to Mark and has two daughters, Kara and Kassie. In her free time, she enjoys watching her girls play volleyball, camping, reading, and cheering for the 2016 World Champions Chicago Cubs as a forever diehard Cubs fan.