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CONTACT:   Janine G. Sorbello, Dir. of Ext. Affairs             DATE: March 6, 2023

CELL:            302-290-3224                              

EMAIL:         [email protected]


Goldey-Beacom College Staff Announcements

Wilmington, DE – Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) today announced the following:

Sarah ElShawarby has been promoted to director of human resources. Her responsibilities include fostering a culture of continuous improvement and meaningful work, compliance, benefits, employee relations, talent management and performance management. She supports the College’s mission to create and sustain a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

“We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Sarah ElShawarby as our new director of human resources. Our HR strategy, the development of our co-workers and leadership, recruitment of talented individuals and building efficient processes will be central to our success and growth. I am confident that Sarah, with her experience and knowledge, will help us move forward, redefining what HR looks like at the College.” said Dr. Charles “Chuck” Hammond, vice president for operations and planning.

ElShawarby joined the College in 2019 as a human resources coordinator and was later promoted to assistant director of human resources where she was responsible for processing payroll, benefits and employee relations. During that time, she also served as the Title IX deputy coordinator.

ElShawarby currently serves on the College’s Student Appeals Committee and leads two strategic initiatives: 1) improving communication; 2) salary, benefits, workload and outsourcing.

ElShawarby began her career in human resources in 2017 at a small company without a human resources department. While managing a small team, they recognized her passion for improving the employee experience, labor law and compliance. As the company expanded, she was selected to establish the human resources department. ElShawarby holds a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting and Information Systems, both from Virginia Tech.

Leilani Decena-Shepherd has been appointed as the Title IX coordinator.

As the Title IX coordinator, Decena-Shepherd serves as the primary compliance officer for state and federal laws relating to sexual misconduct and violence prevention. She manages the College’s efforts to ensure that faculty, staff and students are aware of their legal rights under Title IX as well as through the institution’s policies, procedures and practices.

In addition to Title IX, she serves in the human resources department where she is responsible for training and development for the College’s faculty and staff.

Previously, Decena-Shepherd worked for Delaware’s Division of Small Business, formerly known as the Delaware Economic Development Office, where she served as a portfolio administrator and was integral to the Council on Development Finance Committee. She has also served as an AmeriCorps member and worked for the Delaware Tourism Office. She is an award-winning television producer and writer, as well as a former television anchor and reporter.

Decena-Shepherd holds a B.S. in Radio, Television and Film from Temple University and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from Delaware Technical Community College. She lives in Pike Creek where she enjoys spending time with her family.

Founded in 1886, Goldey-Beacom College has approximately 1,300 students enrolled from 22 states and 65 nations. The College offers 46 degree options in its graduate and undergraduate programs with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, communication & media, human services, English, and all areas of business, including accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, and finance.

The College began accepting students into two new degree programs in fall 2022: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies; B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Analytics. Also new in fall 2022, the College is offering five new undergraduate certificate programs including marketing, human resource management, health care management, entrepreneurship and information technology.

In fall 2023, the College plans to offer two additional degrees: Bachelor of Science in Marketing; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Digital Marketing.

The College is committed to connecting its graduates with careers in their respective fields. For over a decade, the College has achieved a 90% placement rate for graduates. Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington, Delaware. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.


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