Centre College appointed Sarah Nolan as its inaugural vice president for strategic marketing and communications, effective September 13, 2021.
Most recently, Ms. Nolan served the University of Chicago as assistant vice president for alumni relations & development and campaign communications. In this role, she was responsible for the creation and execution of strategic, philanthropic communications and digital marketing; she oversaw a team of writers, designers and web developers who worked on major gift proposals and announcements, the University of Chicago Magazine, the College and Humanities division magazines, digital channels, and direct response campaigns. Ms. Nolan also managed communications for the successful University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact that raised $5.43 billion when it ended in 2019.
Before this, Ms. Nolan was the first-ever director of international communications at the University of Chicago, working on public relations and reputation management in China, India, Europe and elsewhere around the world.
Before beginning her work in higher education, Ms. Nolan enjoyed a career in government and politics. At the U.S. Department of State, she served as the acting deputy special representative and senior advisor for global partnerships in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships. Prior to that, she held the position of assistant chief of protocol for diplomatic partnerships. Ms. Nolan helped create and execute several public-private partnerships in these roles that brought together U.S. and foreign government officials, as well as business, academic and civic leaders. She has also worked on a number of U.S. political campaigns at both the state and national level, including three presidential campaigns.
Ms. Nolan obtained her Master of Arts degree in Art History and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and has pursued further education at the University of Chicago in the advanced leadership program and through the executive education program at Chicago’s Booth School of Business.