John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” There is no doubt by that definition Sarah Nerad is a leader.
Sarah came to Ohio State in 2013 with a mission to create the opportunities that she had to sustain her recovery while at Texas Tech for other students. Sarah’s passion, knowledge, and leadership played a role in making collegiate recovery a priority within the Higher Education Center, as well as at Ohio State. Those same attributes are what makes it so bittersweet to see Sarah take a new opportunity outside of HECAOD. Sarah has accepted a new position with Alkermes, a global biopharmaceutical company, as the Associate Director of Community Relations for Ohio. In this role, she will be working with various addiction related stakeholders to end the opioid epidemic. Higher education will remain a focus of her work as our nation’s colleges & universities are uniquely positioned to make a difference in the lives of students in or seeking recovery.
“Sarah was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Higher Education Center. For this, we all owe her a debt of gratitude. But it’s her transformational impact on collegiate recovery that stands as her true legacy,” shared Ken Hale, Associate Director of HECAOD. We will miss Sarah, but we also look forward to the opportunities for collaboration that her new role may present. Collegiate recovery will remain a focus for the Higher Education Center and we look forward to announcing a new Director of Recovery in the coming weeks.
Please join us in thanking Sarah for her dedication to the Higher Education Center and the field of collegiate recovery. Sarah, we wish you the best!
-The Higher Education Center Staff