Sarah E. Whitley

Assistant Vice President, Center for First-Generation Student Success


Sarah E. Whitleyall is NASPA's assistant vice president of the Center for First-generation Student Success. Prior to joining NASPA, Sarah earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education where her scholarly interests included issues of inequality, academic motivation and decision-making, and the success of first-generation and low-income students. From 2007 – 2013, Sarah served as director of First-Year Experience and Family Programs at Longwood University where she was responsible for orientation and welcome programs, peer mentoring, living-learning communities, first year seminars, transition programs, and community partnerships. Sarah holds an M.Ed. in college student personnel administration from James Madison University and is a 2010 graduate of the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute.