Sara K Harris


Business Administrator III [E CPE]


2208 Coover
2520 Osborn Dr.
Ames, IA 500111046



business administrator 3 • i.s.u., ecpe • 7/2020 – Present

Manage financial, business, and operational affairs of the academic department’s day-to-day operations; administrator for faculty committees such as Search, Honors & Awards, Student Professional Development, Seminar.  Oversees staff and faculty development, facilities management, and space utilization.

administrative specialist 2 • i.s.u., ecpe • 4/2007 – 7/2020

Manage day-to-day operations of the ECpE Main Office and several faculty committees. Provide executive support and strategic analysis to the department chair.  Serve as the department’s HR Liaison; manage post-doc hiring, paid and non-paid visitor requests, and visa processes for faculty and visitors.  Supervise department secretary, and 5 student workers.

program manager, central iowa • kaplan test prep • 4/2000 – 4/2007

Responsible for the P&L of the central Iowa center for KTP.  Hired, trained, and managed part-time instructors.  Marketed and filled prep classes for college, grad/professional school, as well as licensing exams for medical/nursing students.

unit secretary, zoonotic diseases • usda / ars / nadc-ames • 10/1992 – 4/2000

Responsible for day-to-day operations of the research unit related to administrative support of the Research Leader and the unit scientists and staff.


2013 & 2009 ECpE Mervin S. Coover Distinguished Service Award

2008 P&S Outstanding New Professional Award

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

            2022-present Treasurer, State of Iowa

            2020-present Treasurer, Nu Mu Zeta Alumni Chapter

            2018-19 Secretary, Sigma Epsilon Zeta Alumni Chapter

College and University Professional Assoc. for HR Iowa Chapter

            2014-2016 Board Member (2014-15 Board Secretary)


b.s. economics • 8/1991 • university of Iowa

mba marketing • 12/1998 • iowa state university (Specialized in marketing)


project management, strategic planning, executive administrative support, human resources (general), bookkeeping, parliamentary procedures, and public speaking