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Shari Obrentz, Phd Associate DeanDirector of Pre-Health AdvisingDirector of the PACE Program

An Associate Dean in the Office for Undergraduate Education, Shari Obrentz oversees New Student Programs (First-year and Transfer Orientation and Advising, Oxford Connections and the PACE program) and works closely with all OUE advising and support programs.  She is the Director of the Pre Major Advising and Connections at Emory (PACE) program, which includes pre-registration guide meetings, PACE 101 and 201 courses, and of Pre-Health Advising, which provides advising and programming undergraduate pre-health students. She also works with the Emory Scholars Program. Prior to her current appointment as Associate Dean, Dean Obrentz served as the learning specialist and director of the EPASS peer tutoring and mentoring programs (2005-2011).

Dean Obrentz serves on the Enrollment Management, Admissions and Scholarship and Campus Life Deans and Directors committees. Her work includes retention efforts, especially through targeted advising programs, and assessment of programs and services.

Dean Obrentz is from Atlanta. She earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis (2001), with majors in Psychology and Spanish, a MS in Professional Counseling (2005) and PhD in Educational Psychology (2011) from Georgia State University where she focused on motivation and learning strategies for college students. She earned a certificate in Project Management in 2014 from Emory Continuing Education and participated in Emory's Excellence Through Leadership (ETL) cohort (2014-15).


  • PhD, Educational Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2011
  • MS, Professional Counseling, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2005
  • BA, Psychology and Spanish, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MI, 2001
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