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Shawn Ramer

POSITION: Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Finance

DEPARTMENT: VP for Finance

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 318

EMAIL: shawn.ramer@emu.edu

Dr. Shawn Ramer joined EMU as its Chief Operating Officer on October 9th, 2023.  In this role, he works with leadership, staff, and faculty to ensure the smooth and efficient operations of the University.  Shawn has extensive experience in leadership in large and small systems, organizational transformation, financial management, and technology innovation.  Shawn joined EMU as COO following two years on the EMU board of directors and three years on EMU’s President’s Second Century Advisory.   

Prior to EMU, Shawn held a number of leadership roles including Sr. Vice President of IT for Bristol-Myers Squibb, global scientific and technology positions at Hoffmann La-Roche, and more recently as a consultant for the health and wellness industry. He has extensive experience in partnering with biotech, technology, and IT service companies. In addition, he has been involved as board member, former owner, and advisor of Shalom Mountain, a non-profit personal growth center in the Catskill mountains. 

Shawn is a third-generation EMU graduate, where he earned a BA in chemistry. He also holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. 

He is married to Victoria Myer ‘83 and they have two adult daughters. Shawn and Victoria reside in Conestoga, Pennsylvania and attend Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. While in the Valley, Shawn resides at his residence in Broadway, VA where his family has lived for seven generations.

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