Sarah Baar ’04 has been the office manager for the departments of English and history at Hope College since 2008. Sarah supports approximately 40 full- and part-time faculty members in both the English and history departments. She also serves as an English minor advisor and supervises several student assistants each semester.

Her management responsibilities include coordinating department events, producing publicity materials, managing department websites and social media accounts, maintaining records and files, and budget and supplies.


  • BA, English, Hope College, 2004

Professional experience

On campus, in addition to her role as office manager, Sarah represents the academic departments on the web team, participates in the Shalom Global Fellows program and recently chaired a study group for the college Strategic Plan.

Before coming to Hope, Sarah worked as an operations manager in the Church, Academic and Reference Resource department at Zondervan Publishing in Grand Rapids. She also worked as an independent contractor and freelance editor for Guideposts Books and Andrew Meisenheimer Editorial Services, where she managed a multi-author series, led line editing and assisted in content editing and overall style.

Why I love Hope

Sarah loves the community at Hope, our location in beautiful Holland, Michigan, and the opportunity to get to know so many amazing students.

Outside the college

Sarah is on the board of the Friends of Herrick District Library, and she has captained two teams for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk (2013, 2014). She’s also the advisor for the Hope Quidditch Club. She has served as a mentor for three Spring Break Immersion trips.

Sarah loves to read, play with her dog Bear and spend time on the beach. She and her husband like to play games. They hate winter.

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