Staff and Advisory Board

Staff and Advisory Board


Sarah Popovich, M.Ed.
Program Manager
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 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 is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh and is expected to graduate in 2018.
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
Mr. Kenyon Bonner, 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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