Alanna W. Shanahan, Ed.D. was appointed Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins University in August 2019. In this role, she holds responsibility for Homewood Student Affairs, managing critical academic services and residential, extracurricular, and other non-academic aspects of university life for more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
As vice provost, Dr. Shanahan provides overall direction for strategic planning and leadership in housing and dining; student activities; athletics and recreation; student support, fraternity and sorority life, and more. Additionally, she collaborates with the student affairs leaders from all the university’s academic divisions to coordinate efforts and share best practices.
In her previous role as the Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dr. Shanahan oversaw the university’s 24-sport athletic program, which won 37 conference titles and had had three consecutive top-10 finishes in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup during her 2016-19 tenure. She also launched the Lacrosse Advisory Board, the Blue Jays LEAD leadership development program for student athletes, the Lacrosse Endowment Fund, a Strategic Priority Fund that focuses on specific departmental needs on an annual basis, and the Director of Student-Athlete Success position, an endowed position focused on academic and career development for Johns Hopkins’ 600+ student-athletes.
A committed and outstanding leader in the student affairs field, Dr. Shanahan has spearheaded the expansion of the O’Connor Recreation Center to address the university’s student wellness goals; led an inclusive process to conceive, design, and build the upcoming Hopkins Student Center; and served as co-chair of the Homewood-Peabody Well-Being Working Group.
Dr. Shanahan came to Hopkins with a significant background in student experiences and athletics from her time at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as Deputy Director of Athletics. She managed Penn’s highly successful 33-sport intercollegiate athletics program with direct oversight of the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. In addition, she managed four senior-level athletic administrators who directed Penn’s 28 other varsity teams, and she was appointed to numerous administrative committees including the Title IX Compliance Committee and the Student Experiences and Perceptions Working Group.
Dr. Shanahan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently earned master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She was named one of Baltimore’s 25 Women to Watch by the Baltimore Sun in 2016.