Sarah founded and leads the OE initiative through work she describes as “helping the University be better.” She partners with the University community to develop strategy, implement improvements, engage stakeholders, and build organizational capacity for change to support and advance mission activities.
Sarah’s 25-year career in higher education spans diverse administrative and academic positions at several different universities. Prior to her current appointment, she served as UVA’s assistant vice president for Management and Budget/director of State Governmental Relations from 2004 to 2013.
Additionally, Sarah contributes to the broader higher education change agenda through her work with the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI). She is a former board member, a member of the advisory council, a regular presenter at the annual conference, and a mentor for other higher education quality programs. In 2015, she was honored with the NCCI Leader of Change award.
Sarah holds a Ph.D. from UVA’s Curry School of Education and is a regular lecturer in the higher education graduate program. She also enjoys assisting other non-profit organizations to enhance their effectiveness.