Sara Vaughan Gabbard, University of Illinois at Urbana, studied history as an undergraduate. She was initiated as a member of Delta Pi Chapter.
Gabbard served as president of Tri Delta from 1980 to 1984. Prior to that, she had been collegiate vice president from 1976 to 1980, membership director from 1974 to 1976, and associate director of collegiate chapters - east from 1972 to 1974.
In addition to her work with Tri Delta, Gabbard is an acclaimed scholar of Abraham Lincoln. From 1996 to 2008, she worked at the Lincoln Museum of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an editor, director of development, and vice president. She later became executive director of The Lincoln Collection of Indiana. She has edited and contributed to a number of scholarly works on Lincoln, including Lincoln and Freedom: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Thirteenth Amendment (co-edited with Harold Holzer). In 2015, she received the Order of Lincoln from Illinois, the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.