Sarah Easter Crosses Stage to Become First Business School PhD Grad

Sarah Easter

Gustavson is proud to usher its first PhD graduate from the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School across the stage this week. Sarah Easter is the first to graduate from the school with her PhD.

Easter earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She proceeded to achieve her MBA from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, before looking for opportunities to utilize her business degree in a setting emphasizing social entrepreneurship. This led her to Vietnam, where she worked with local craftspeople with disabilities to help market their products abroad, an experience that piqued her interest in how people worked across differences in culture, background and sector for successful business outcomes.

Upon her return to the US, therefore, she began looking for PhD programs that would allow her to explore these concepts further. She was attracted to Gustavson because of the philosophy of sustainability and intentional international focus, and relocated to Victoria to continue her studies.

Easter spent the past two years in the field at the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, using qualitative research methods to explore how individuals in an organization with representatives from private, public and non-profit sectors worked together. Her research highlights how diverse organizations involving players from different sectors and with different skillsets can come together to address complex social issues.

Next on the agenda? A position as assistant professor at the business school at her first alma mater, Abilene Christian University. With her passion for interdisciplinary research and social responsibility in business, Easter is sure to inspire similar interest in many of the next generation of business leaders.

Contact: Krista Boehnert, Associate Director, External Relations