Sara Thurston

Sara Thurston, PhD

Kansas State University
Chair-Designate, 2025 Annual Conference Committee

Sara Thurston, PhD, has more than 18 years of professional experience in international education, including the last eight years that she has been at Kansas State University. Thurston’s past involvement with NAFSA includes presenting on numerous topics, mentoring, and serving in the Trainer Corp and on the Leadership Development and Membership Committees. From 2012 to 2016, Thurston served on the Annual Conference Committee as poster chair, workshop coordinator, and most recently, content chair. In 2015, Thurston received the 2015 Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA. Thurston has a PhD in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago.