SHEEO Welcomes Sarah T. Zipf, Ph.D., as Communications Intern

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) welcomes Sarah T. Zipf, Ph.D., as a communications intern.

Sarah Zipf, Ph.D.

At SHEEO, Sarah will focus on extending our social media presence, marketing and communication projects, and building public relations. Sarah served as the associate director of compliance and financial aid for outreach and online education and oversaw the financial aid office and scholarship portfolio for the Penn State World Campus. In addition to working at SHEEO, Sarah is a member of several research teams, investigating the form, function, and policy implications of online program management (OPMs) and the diversity and equity language used at U.S.-based international campus locations. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education from Pennsylvania State University in August 2021. Her dissertation researched the experiences of racialization in online undergraduate classrooms. Sarah’s research interests include online and distance education, educational equity, and federal and state policy. She is experienced with mixed-methods and survey administration.


The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) serves the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education and their staffs. Founded in 1954, SHEEO promotes an environment that values higher education and its role in ensuring the equitable education of all Americans, regardless of race/ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic factors. Together with its members, SHEEO aims to achieve this vision by equipping state higher education executive officers and their staffs with the tools to effectively advance the value of higher education, promoting public policies and academic practices that enable all Americans to achieve success in the 21st century, and serving as an advocate for state higher education leadership. For more information, visit