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DDN: Wright State to award honorary degree to Greater Dayton Hospital Association CEO

Sarah Hackenbracht

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

The honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be granted to Sarah Hackenbracht, the CEO and president of Greater Dayton Hospital Association, during Wright State University’s spring graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will occur at the Nutter Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, and the graduate programs ceremony will occur at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28.

“I am stunned and incredibly humbled by this honor,” Hackenbracht, an alumna, said in a release. “It feels far too early in my career and life for such a recognition. I hope that I can use this recognition and opportunity to strengthen my support for Wright State in a meaningful way.”

Initially a vocal performance major, she graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in women’s studies.

During her undergrad, she participated in Model United Nations and was the head delegate for two consecutive years. She added she initially chose Wright State for its fine and performing arts program but it was her time with Model U.N. that inspired her to choose a different path.

“During my time at Wright State, I had the privilege of working closely with Drs. Laura Luehrmann and Donna Schlagheck in their leadership of Wright State’s award-winning Model United Nations team,” Hackenbracht said. “Because of that experience, I had a front-row seat to their tireless advocacy and unwavering support for their students, programs and department. Those years at Wright State and my connections with the Model United Nations team cemented friendships that carried me into adulthood. Some of those individuals are still cornerstones in my professional life.”