Shawn Abbott is the Vice Provost for Admissions, Financial Aid & Enrollment Management at Temple University, the public university of Philadelphia. Prior to his arrival at Temple, Shawn was the Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions at New York University, the largest independent university in America with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai.
Shawn was the Director of Admission at Stanford University from 2006 to 2010 and previously served the admissions office at Columbia University for nearly a decade. He has also served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston University and as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at Drexel University. He has also worked at both a state university and community college in the Boston area.
In addition to his work at NYU, he serves as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools, where he visits schools in the Middle East, educating families and counselors on the admission and financial aid process at American colleges and universities.
He is a first generation college student and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the University of South Carolina. He also holds a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus in urban studies from Columbia University, where he studied the architectural, economic, physical, and social impact of urban colleges and universities on American cities.