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Sara B. Herald named Barry University's VP for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs
Barry University announces that it has named Sara B. Herald, an attorney, a former advisor to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and a Fortune 500 executive, vice president of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs.
In her new role, Herald will lead the advancement office, including major and planned gifts, advancement services, alumni relations, annual fund, communications and marketing, corporate and community relations, and grants and governmental relations. She will also serve as a member of Barry’s Executive Committee.
“Sara’s extensive and successful professional experience, her administrative and advancement skill, creativity, and personal values will enrich our University community and guide us to a more vibrant future,” says Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD.
A Miami native and third generation Floridian, Herald has more than 30 years experience in the legal, business, government and non-profit arenas. Her extensive professional background highlights are: Shareholder at Fine Jacobson Schwartz Nash Block & England; Interim District Administrator for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families; Regional Vice President for Children’s Home Society of Florida; Chief Administrative Officer for Regions Bank; and most recently, President of WorkWise Group, LLC, a consulting company.
In the government realm, Herald served Governor Chiles as Disaster Relief Coordinator (Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health) for the State of Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services in the wake of Hurricane Andrew; Advisor to Governor Bush, serving as Social Service Policy Coordinator for Governor Bush’s transition team and co-chair of the Strengthening Families Workgroup.
“I am excited about my new role at Barry University,”
Herald has a long volunteer history, particularly as a child advocate. She currently serves on the board of the Orange Bowl Committee and Breakthrough Miami. She has played a leadership role in other organizations, including: the Children’s Services Council; Miami Dade’s Children Trust; the Miami-Dade and Monroe Early Learning Coalition; Overtown Youth Center; Alonzo Mourning Charities; Miami Children’s Museum; Dade County Women’s Fund; Coconut Grove Arts Festival; and YWCA of Greater Miami. She has dedicated countless hours of pro-bono work for abused and neglected women and children.
Herald received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida. A mother of four, Herald resides in Miami with her husband of 36 years, James “Bing” Herald.