SF State appoints Ann M. Sherman as AVP for Human Resources

April 14, 2014 -- SF State has appointed Ann M. Sherman to the position of associate vice president for Human Resources.

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Ann M. Sherman, associate vice president for Human Resources.

After seven years as the human resources director for Northern Michigan University, Sherman will join the SF State community on April 14th.

Sherman completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Michigan. She conducted graduate work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit. For many years she worked in employee development and human resources for private-sector companies.

The transition to higher education administration was gratifying for Sherman. Her parents were both educators, an elementary school teacher and a mathematician, and she feels an especially strong connection between her “personal values and the mission of higher education.”

“My passion is releasing the power of human potential in organizations,” said Sherman. “Human Resources should be expected to partner with its campus constituents to provide broadly accessible opportunities for skill development and career growth.”

As the AVP for Human Resources, Sherman will provide strategic leadership of the human resource programs for all University faculty, administrators, staff and student employees. The AVP administers an operations budget of $2.5 million with a staff of 50, including seven administrators.

“I was impressed with the quality of people I met at SF State,” said Sherman. “There is a sense of integrity in the leadership team that is a strong fit with my values, and which is critical for creating a campus climate of trust and confidence.”


SF State is the only master's-level public University serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls nearly 30,000 students each year and offers nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies. The University's more than 219,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.