As senior business manager for SIU’s extended campus, Sharon Hagene gives new meaning to the term multitasking, handling a variety of jobs with great skill while creating a fun work environment, her colleagues say.
“Sharon is a wonderful leader who strongly believes in cross-training. It really brings a sense of teamwork to our office,” said Accountant Holly Tugiyanto. “She currently wears so many hats and shows great dedication to her job here.”
Get to know: SHARON HAGENE
Last name: Sharon Hagene
Department and job title: SIU Extended Campus, Senior Business Leader
Years at SIU Carbondale: 12+
Give us the elevator pitch for your work.
I manage and direct the day-to-day accounting, personnel, tax, and business operations for the SIU Extended Campus organization to ensure that the department and academic units can continue to support students seeking degree options flexible and alternative in providing these educational opportunities.
What are your favorite parts of your job?
My favorite parts of the job are knowing that our efforts are having a positive impact on students across the country and having the opportunity to train, equip and encourage staff members to be the best they can be.
Why did you choose the SIU?
I chose SIU because it’s a great place to work and I like being on campus. As an employee, I was able to enjoy continuing my education and earning my accounting degree.
Winter, spring, summer or autumn – which one and why?
Fall, of course. I love the changing colors of the leaves, the cooler weather, the wagon rides and the upcoming holidays.
My favorite activity outside of work is:
Spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren: Ty, Elsie, Everly and Wrenly.
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