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Celebrating Sarah MacDougall Hirshland '93, US Olympic Committee CEO
Celebrating Sarah MacDougall Hirshland '93, US Olympic Committee CEO

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Kent Denver graduate who represents "extraordinary distinction and success in fields of endeavor, commitment to community service, and exceptional leadership in one's community while successfully carrying forward 'excellence in scholarship and character'." Last week, Kent Denver was proud to recognize Sarah MacDougall Hirshland '93 as our 2019 Distinguished Alum.

Sarah began her term as the U.S. Olympic Committee CEO in August 2018 after seven years in a leadership role at the U.S. Golf Association. Prior to her time at the USGA, Sarah was a key executive with Wasserman Entertainment Group, OnSport and Total Sports.

Sarah addressed the entire student body (and many of her Kent Denver classmates) at an all-school assembly with keynote remarks tailored to this year's Ethics Day theme: The Ethics of Power: Where Do You Stand?

Afterwards, Sarah sat down with Dr. Harrington for a Conversation with the Head of School to speak at greater length about Sarah's favorite teachers at Kent Denver, how the school influenced her career path, and what keeps her energized as the leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee.



Several student groups also had a chance to meet with Sarah, where she fielded questions about everything from her pivot from future doctor to sports executive to gender equity in sports to the challenges and opportunities that come with representing the United States on the international Olympic stage. More photos from Sarah's day on campus are below and will be posted to Kent Denver's Facebook page.

As Dr. Harrington stated in his introductory remarks, "We are proud of all that Sarah has accomplished, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact she will have, and already has had on her organization."

For a complete list of Kent Denver's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, visit the Kent Denver Alumni Spotlight page.



Cover photo and image on lower left by A. Goldblatt '19. Center and right photos by L. Mortell

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