Sara Miller McCune

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Sara Miller McCune
OccupationBusinesswoman, philanthropist
Spouse(s)George McCune (deceased)

Sara Miller McCune (born 1941) is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the co-founder and executive chair of SAGE Publishing.

Early life[]

McCune was born the elder of two in her family, a middle-class Jewish family in Manhattan.[1]

She was international president of B'nai B'rith Girls at the age of 19, and has spoken of the importance of tzedakah.[1]


In 1965, McCune (not yet married, so with the last name of Miller) founded the independent academic publishing company SAGE in New York City[2] with Macmillan Publishers executive George D. McCune as a "mentor";[3] the name of the company is an acronym formed from the first letters of their given names.[3] SAGE relocated to Southern California in 1966, after the two married; George McCune left Macmillan to formally join SAGE at that time.[3] Sara Miller McCune remained president for 18 years, shifting to board chairman in 1984; she still retains the title of executive chairman. The couple continued to develop the company together until George McCune's death in 1990.[4]


McCune has funded schools in the developing world,[5] and made contributions to California organizations and educational establishments, including $2.5 million to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,[6] $3.5 million to found the SAGE Center For the Study of the Mind at UCSB,[7][8] and over $5 million to the Granada Theater Restoration Project.[9] She is also a Trustee and supporter of the UCSB Foundation [8] She founded the charitable McCune Foundation in 1990.[10] In 2003, she received the Spirit of Entrepreneurship award at the Entrepreneur of the Year awards, sponsored by Ernst and Young.[11] (WCI) recently honored her at an event entitled Shattering The Glass Ceiling: Honoring Inspirational Women Around The Globe.[12]

In 2007, McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy [13] in Santa Barbara, California, and serves as its executive chairman. In 2008, she announced the launch of Miller-McCune magazine, published in print and online, by the nonprofit Miller McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, with support from SAGE.[14] On February 21, 2012 the magazine rebranded as Pacific Standard. In 2017, the magazine and the center’s mission were transferred to the newly launched Social Justice Foundation. On August 7, 2019, the editor of Pacific Standard reported that the magazine was closing, after McCune abruptly cut off funding.[15][16]

In 2014, she became a member of the distinguished Visiting Committee of the Social Science Research Council, based in New York City.[17] In 2015, she established a fund for research methods at the Council.[18] In 2017, she joined the Council’s board of directors.


In 2016, McCune received an honorary degree from CSU Channel Islands for her support for the arts, social issues and patronage and an honorary doctorate from Sussex University.[19]

In 2014, McCune was named as one of Folio’s 100 Visionaries.[20] In 2016, McCune received the Rock Star: Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation.[21] In 2017, McCune was recognized and honored by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers for her contribution to scholarly publishing.[22] and in 2018, she was awarded the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 50+ years working within the publishing industry.[23] She was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.[24]


  1. ^ a b Robyn Rosen (May 5, 2011). "Sara steps in to help the Globe". Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sara Miller McCune: Executive Profile & Biography". Archived from the original on November 17, 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  3. ^ a b c "The SAGE Story" (PDF). SAGE Publishing. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 19, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "In Memoriam George D. McCune 1924–1990". Journal of Conflict Resolution. 34 (4): 587. December 1, 1990. doi:10.1177/0022002790034004001.
  5. ^ "Welcome to Ghimire Foundation – Messages from Donors". Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  6. ^ "Two miles may not be enough". 2003-06-05. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  7. ^ "SAGE Center". 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  8. ^ a b "UCSB Press Release: "Philanthropist Sara Miller McCune and SAGE Publications Establish Endowed Chair for UCSB Dean of Social Sciences "". 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  9. ^ "Donors to The Granada Theatre Restoration Project". 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Our Mission & Vision". McCune Foundation. Archived from the original on 2012-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  11. ^ "Archives | Thousand Oaks Acorn". Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  12. ^ "Women's Campaign International | Event Report: Shattering the Glass Ceiling". 2008-11-20. Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  13. ^ "Miller-McCune — Center for Research, Media and Public Policy". May 9, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-09. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Santa Barbara Independent Miller McCune Launches New Magazine". 2008-03-21. Retrieved 2012-02-02.
  15. ^ @nbj914 (7 August 2019). "Today is an extremely difficult day" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ @felixsalmon (7 August 2019). "In case you were wondering who the primary funder is" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Sara Miller McCune Endows the Directorship of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences - Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences". Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Publisher and Philanthropist Sara Miller McCune Establishes Fund for Research Methods at the Social Science Research Council" (PDF). May 24, 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-05-24. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  19. ^ "Events : News : University of Sussex". Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Folio 100 Awards". Feb 28, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-02-28. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  21. ^ "Miller McCune Wins Lifetime Achievement Award". Mar 4, 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  22. ^ "ALPSP Awards". Apr 2, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-04-02. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-05-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ "Election of New Members at the 2018 Spring Meeting". American Philosophical Society. Retrieved Sep 24, 2020.

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