Shari A. Rich

Associate Dean of Student Activities, Leadership, & Service


MS, Education/College Student Personnel, Western Illinois University
BS, Psychology with a minor in Business/Human Resource Management, Western Illinois University

EdD, Higher Education Leadership, Wilmington University, Expected August 2023



Office of Student Life , Cerf Center


  • Any and all things student activities related as I serve as the advisor to the Campus Activities Board 
  • Exploring, securing, and documenting community service and service-learning opportunities
  • Co-curricular leadership development and educational opportunities
  • Assisting students in accessing services, resources, and support necessary for academic, personal success, and career success
  • Involvement on the Eureka College Dance or Cheerleading Team

Shari Rich has over 27 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 Reagan Leadership Program, the Sandifer Mentorship Program, Freshman Seminar Program, Organizational Leadership Degree Completion Program, and Applied and Experiential Learning initiatives. Shari has also served as the Eureka College Dance Team advisor since 2005 and began working with the Cheerleading Team in 2020.



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 has been involved on the Post Prom Committee at her daughter’s high school.  She is also actively involved with the annual Woodford County Freshman Summit.



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; she is married to Mark and has two daughters, Kara and Kassie. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, camping, reading and cheering for the 2016 World Champions Chicago Cubs as a forever diehard Cubs fan.