Director of Strategy, Impact, and Academic Partnerships


Sarah Leibrandt, Ph.D. is the director of strategy, impact, and academic partnerships at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. In this role, she oversees two membership networks, the Western Academic Leadership Forum (Forum) and the Western Alliance of Community College Academic Leaders (Alliance), which enable provosts, vice presidents of academic affairs, and chief academic officers throughout the West to network and collaborate on initiatives supporting key higher education issues. Leibrandt also leads the Western Academic Leadership Academy for aspiring provosts and the Interstate Passport program, a nationwide network of institutions working to improve student transfer through the block transfer of lower division general education. Leibrandt has been with WICHE since 2013. Prior to joining WICHE, Leibrandt worked for the Colorado Department of Education and Red Rocks Community College. Leibrandt earned a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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