Dr. Sabine O’Hara is the recently appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability & Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). She is a respected author, researcher and higher education executive and is well known for her expertise in sustainable economic development, global education and executive leadership. Dean O’Hara has experience in virtually every aspect of university administration including curriculum development, strategic planning, program accreditation, international partnerships, and research collaborations. As Dean of CAUSES, she is responsible for academic, research and outreach program in the tradition of the land-grant university.
Dr. O’Hara is a strong advocate of higher education who believes that education cannot merely provide answers to our questions; it must also question our answers. Dr. O’Hara was the founder of Global Ecology LLC, the 10th President of Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia, and held faculty and administrative positions at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and as Executive Director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) a preeminent international exchange organization that administers the Fulbright Scholar Program.
A native of Germany, O’Hara earned a doctorate in environmental economics and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. She serves on the board of directors of several national and international organizations, including as past president of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, as International Advisory Board member of King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, and as reviewer and editorial board member of several academic journals.