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Slippery Rock University Welcomes

Dr. Cheryl Joy Norton

16th President of Slippery Rock Universtiy  




Dr. Cheryl J. Norton was the 10th president of Southern Connecticut State University and the first woman to lead the 115 year-old institution serving as president for six years from 2004-2010. Following her presidency, Dr. Norton completed a year-long sabbatical researching how university teacher preparation programs could  support public school education reform. Currently, she is an AASCU Senior Fellow exploring these findings with staff and member institutions.

As president of Southern, Dr. Norton oversaw a $260 million construction program transforming the campus  and preparing the university to meet 21st century educational needs. With more than 12,000 students, a university high full-time student enrollment and one of the largest graduate programs in  New England, Southern became known as a regional comprehensive institution that serves the needs of Connecticut as a university of choice and university of opportunity. In recognition of Southern's community outreach, the New Haven Chamber of Commerce recognized Southern in 2009 with its Heritage Award.  Southern also has a proud tradition of athletic participation supporting one of the most successful programs in NCAA Division II athletics winning 10 national championships. In 2011, Dr Norton concluded her service to the NCAA Div II President's Council.

During her presidency, Dr. Norton was honored with a Lilly Award recognizing extraordinary Connecticut women, profiled in the media as a Connecticut Leading Woman, received a statewide leadership award from the Connecticut Women and Families Center and named a Women of Note by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for her commitment and contributions to the Greater New Haven community.

Prior to coming to SCSU, Dr. Norton was the provost at Metropolitan State College of Denver, the nation's largest urban public baccalaureate college serving more than 20,000 students. Her 28 year career at the college began with a faculty appointment where she became a tenured, full professor prior to serving in a variety of administrative positions.

Dr. Norton grew up in suburban Cleveland. She graduated with honors from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a bachelor's degree in physical education and recreation. There she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary. Subsequently, Dr. Norton earned two master's degrees and a doctorate in applied physiology from Columbia University.

Dr. Norton has published two books and numerous articles and made over 130 national, regional and state presentations in her areas of expertise: physical education and applied physiology. For her contributions to the field of sports medicine, including serving as president of state and regional professional organizations, Dr. Norton was elected a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Also an accomplished athlete, Dr. Norton has been nationally ranked as a marathon runner and has earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, won  state Tae Kwon Do championships in fighting and forms, played intercollegiate basketball and volleyball, raced a dog sled team for 10 years and refereed soccer games with her husband, Henry.

The couple has two sons. Joel is married with one son and employed as an attorney in the Chicago area and Aaron is a graduate student at Georgetown University in nurse anesthesiology. Henry, a CPA, is the accountant for the New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

Dr. Cheryl Norton - Curriculum Vitae.pdf 

Cheryl Norton Schedule - Jan 30 - 31, 2012.pdf

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Slippery Rock University, founded in 1889, is the region’s premier public residential university. Shaped by its normal school heritage, the University is distinguished by its commitment to intellectual development, leadership and civic responsibility.

The University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a recognized leader in evidence-based planning and decision-making. SRU provides students with a superior learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with applied learning opportunities that will help them succeed in an increasingly complex world.