The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, in collaboration with the four regional higher education compacts (NEBHE, MHEC, SREB and WICHE), was established to develop and implement an effective and efficient reciprocal state-level authorization process for postsecondary distance education. Its mission is to provide broad access to postsecondary education opportunities to students across the country, to increase the quality and value of higher learning credentials earned via distance education, and to assure students are well served in a rapidly changing education landscape.

NEBHE’s Team

Jared Abdirkin, Regional Director, N-SARA

Sheridan Miller, State Policy Engagement Specialist  or 415-408-8139

NC-SARA’s Team


N-SARA Regional Steering Committee


Ed Klonoski, President, Charter Oak State College*

Sean Seepersad, Division Director of Academic Affairs at the Connecticut Office of Higher Education


Angel Loredo, Higher Education Specialist, Maine Department of Education


Alexander Nally, Assistant General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

New Hampshire 

R. Yvette Clark, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Southern New Hampshire University

Sara Cowall, Director of State Authorization and Grants, Granite State College

New Jersey

Eric Taylor, Director, Office of Licensure, Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

New York

Emily Sutherland, Supervisor of Higher Education Programs, Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department

Rhode Island

Cynthia L. Parker, Vice President, College of Online Education, Johnson & Wales University

Roberta S. Pearlmutter, PhD., Interim Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, Rhode Island College


William Clements, Vice-President and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Norwich University

Accreditation Representative

Carol Anderson, Vice President, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE)

Printable Roster

Charter of the N-SARA RSC

N-SARA Regional Procedure Handbook

*denotes Chair

Regional Compact Contacts

Emily Jacobson, Associate Director, M-SARA
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 450
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612.677.2771 | Emily Jacobson
Elisa Jaden, Director, S-SARA
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
592 10th Street N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318-5776


Christina Sedney, Director of Policy Initiatives and State Authorization
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
3005 W. Center Green Drive, Suite 130
Boulder, CO 80301
303.541.0238 | Christina Sedney


Next generation for SARA

NEBHE engages and assists regional leaders in the assessment, development and implementation of sound educational practices and policies of regional significance. SARA is one step forward in the world of state authorization. Continual engagement of thought leadership in the next generation of SARA is key.

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