An upstate New York native, Sara M. DuCuennois serves as the Chief Alumni Officer of Alumni Relations. Sara manages the alumni association’s national affinity partnerships and provides leadership to special events, networks, young alumni, and career development programs. Prior to joining FIU in 2013, Sara served as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events at Nova Southeastern University for eight years.
She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and holds a certificate in Women in Leadership from Cornell University.
In 2016, Sara received the FIU Torch Award at the university’s Employee Service and Recognition Awards, which is presented annually to an employee who exemplifies FIU’s institutional values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility and excellence. Sara is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and holds CASE Faculty Star recognition for her national presentations and thought leadership in alumni engagement. In 2019, she served as the Robert G. Forman Fellow of the Council of Alumni Association Executives, a fellowship designed to help inform the alumni relations profession. Her fellowship took her to over 10 institutions of higher education and corporations where she interviewed more than 30 experts from higher education, marketing, and hospitality. Her research#LearnerNation provided an original engagement model for the largest alumni associations in North America to engage online learners as alumni.