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Sarah D. Jerome, Ph.D., Supt Cert ’90


Sarah Jerome

For more than 40 years, Sarah Jerome has committed her life to education, working for students in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin and Illinois. Today she is the superintendent of the Arlington Heights (Ill.) School District and the president of the American Association of School Administrators, only the second woman to serve in the position in the organization’s 143-year history.

Sarah has been a member of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators for 15 years and was the president of the Wisconsin School Music Association for two terms. Additionally, she was selected as Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2005 and was one of four national finalists for the AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year award.

“Marquette University contributed greatly to my success as a school administrator,” says Sarah, who credits the School of Education for emphasizing writing and clear thinking. “This emphasis on communication skills was a gift that keeps on giving.”

Sarah, who was the Friends of Global Education’s Global Education Administrator of the Year in 2004, has taught graduate classes in Marquette’s School of Education for years and has served on six doctoral students’ dissertation committees.

“The strong Jesuit tradition of community service and keenly cultivated intellect made a very positive impression on me and became an inviting setting for one of my daughters, who is a proud MU grad,” she says. “Thank you, Marquette!”


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