Sarah O’Connor named director of advancement for St. Barnabas High School

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St. Barnabas High School has appointed Sarah O’Connor as director of advancement.
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The Saint Barnabas High School (SBHS) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Sarah O’Connor (Class of ’77) has been named director of advancement.

“In this role, she will advance the mission of the school in the areas of Alumnae relations, fundraising, and public relations. We are delighted that Sarah has accepted this position. She is passionate about SBHS and is a true asset,” said Hon. Kathy King and Judith Raneri, SBHS co-chairs.

O’Connor has shown her support and commitment for her alma mater in countless ways over the past several years. As chair of the Alumnae Committee, her leadership has inspired others to become more engaged with the school. She also serves as co-chair of the Centennial Committee, planning events for the school’s 100th anniversary in 2024. Her devotion to the school’s mission includes the creation of a scholarship to Mercy University in her father’s memory to a deserving St. Barnabas graduate.

“As a graduate of both St. Barnabas Elementary and Saint Barnabas High School, I appreciate the value and strong foundation of a Catholic education. In my new role, I hope to inspire others to support the SBHS mission, so that together we will continue to provide a Catholic education to young women throughout the next century,” said Ms. O’Connor.

O’Connor earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Mercy University, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and an MBA from Columbia University. She retired in 2011 as senior vice president of strategic development and chief legal officer of Arch Chemicals, Inc. 

 O’Connor served on the Board of Quotient, Ltd. from July 2014-October 2020. She has been an adjunct professor at Mercy University’s School of Business since 2012, and is a member of Mercy’s Board of Trustees. She also volunteers at her parish, St. Theresa of Calcutta in Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Rose High School in Belmar, New Jersey. 

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