Staff and Advisory Board

Staff and Advisory Board


Sarah Popovich, Ed.D.

Program Manager


Dr. Sarah Popovich is the Program Manager for the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development at the University of Pittsburgh. In her role, Sarah manages the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership & Civic Engagement as well as other University of Pittsburgh programs that support the development of global leaders. Sarah completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Sarah earned a Master of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Public Relations from Penn State University, and she is also an alumna of Semester at Sea.


Sarah previously worked in first year experience at the University of Pittsburgh, in leadership programs at the University of Arizona, and in special events and programs at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland. Sarah is interested in developing students who practice culturally diverse leadership to create positive social change for their communities and throughout the world.


Advisory Board


The advisory board is chaired by Frances Hesselbein and includes leaders from corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations from around the world. The board ensures the quality, integrity, and sustainability of the academy.


Advisory Board Members


Mr. Kenyon Bonner Ed.D. Ex Officio Member

Vice Provost and Dean of Students
University of Pittsburgh


Mrs. Suzanne Carlton, Member

Deputy for Strategic Outreach to the Chief of Staff
United States Army, retired


Ms. Tina Doerffer, Member

Founder, Principal and CEO
Doerffer Leadership Group


Dr. Elizabeth Haas Edersheim, Member

New York Consulting Partners


Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Member

Author & Executive Coach
Marshall Goldsmith Partners


Mrs. Frances Hesselbein, Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer
Leader to Leader Institute


Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Ex Officio Member

Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff
University of Pittsburgh


Mr. Larry Olson, Member

Marketing Director
Team Red, White and Blue


Mr. Keith Schaefer, Member

Board of Trustees
University of Pittsburgh


Mrs. Eric Shinseki (Patricia), Member

Board of Directors
Military Child Education Coalition


Ms. Joan Snyder Kuhl, Member

CEO and Founder
Why Millennials Matter


Mr. Sam Zacharias, Member

Gateway Financial Group, Inc.


Contact Us

University of Pittsburgh
Office of Student Affairs
Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement
601 William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: 412-624-5203
Fax: 412-648-7838
E-mail: Sarah Popovich, Program Manager
Please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement if you are interested in supporting the Hesselbein Global Academy.
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