New LeadershipGAMBIER, Ohio (December 7, 2004) Sarah Kahrl, who has served for the past several months as Kenyon's acting vice president, was confirmed by the College's board of trustees at its fall 2004 meeting as Kenyon's new vice president for college relations. The title, which replaces that of vice president for development, is intended to reflect the vice president's role as head of the College Relations Division, which includes the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations and the Office of Public Affairs as well as the Office of Development.
"Since my first encounter with her, during the search for a director of development, I have been impressed with Sarah's intelligence, eloquence, and effectiveness," says President S. Georgia Nugent. "In recent months, she has done an extraordinary job in managing and in many ways re-imagining our efforts, particularly in development. Kenyon seems to me very fortunate to have attracted someone with Sarah's people skills, as well as her skills on the job."
Kahrl joined the College as director of development in January 2004. In June of this year, following the resignation of Vice President for Development Kimberlee Klesner, she was named acting vice president for college relations.
Formerly vice president for advancement at CAPA, an arts presenter in Chicago, Columbus, and New Haven, Kahrl has had a long career in fundraising and public affairs, including work with the Columbus Museum of Art, Opera Columbus, and, in the early 1980s, the Kenyon Festival Theater. A resident of Mount Vernon, where she lives with her husband, attorney Clyde Kahrl, and their four children, she is a graduate of Smith College.