Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Office for Global Engagement
Sabine C. Klahr is the Executive Director of the Office for Global Engagement at the University of Utah. In 2017-18, she served as Acting Chief Global Officer. Sabine is a past President of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), an association serving leaders in international higher education around the globe. She has 20 years of professional experience in international higher education, including positions in education abroad and as senior international officer at four previous institutions. Sabine earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1998 with an emphasis on international education leadership. Her dissertation research focused on integrating education abroad into engineering education. Her continued research and writing has focused on global partnership development and internationalizing higher education. Previously, Sabine earned a bachelors and masters in botany from the University of Oklahoma and taught in secondary science and outdoor education in Colorado and Montana.
Sabine has served on a wide range of boards and committees for AIEA as well as for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). In 2010 she received a Fulbright Award to India and in 2017 a Fulbright Specialist Award to Norway. In 2016, she was awarded the AIEA Timothy J. Rutenber Award for her service and leadership in the association. Sabine has authored and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals in botany and international higher education as well as book chapters and reviews. She has served as a consultant for various entities regarding international higher education.
Her experience with international education began when she arrived in the U.S. as a high school exchange student from Germany. From an early age, she spent hours looking at world maps and pointing at places far from Germany wondering what people do there and how they live their lives. She enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains and canyons of Utah and surrounding states, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and mountain climbing. Her interests include environmental sustainability and protection of open space and wilderness, writing, travel, and learning about cultures and people around the world.