Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D., took office July 1, 2016, and is the ninth president of Colby-Sawyer College, a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.
With more than twenty years of experience in higher education, President Stuebner brings considerable knowledge about strategic planning, collaborative decision making, and institutional effectiveness. Most recently, she was the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn., where she supervised financial services, human resources, development and alumni affairs, student affairs, college relations, admissions, financial aid, retention and enrollment planning. She chaired the president’s senior staff, strategic planning, and finance and facilities committees.
Prior to her role at Allegheny, President Stuebner spent a decade at Lycoming College in a variety of senior level administrative positions including executive assistant to the president and institutional planning officer, vice president for planning, and vice president for administration and planning. She has also served as an academic counselor at Dartmouth College, a freshman proctor and director of freshman intramurals at Harvard College, and special assistant to the president at Wheelock College. President Stuebner also held the position of teaching fellow for a number of courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She began her career at Albright College, where she held concurrent roles as head women's basketball coach, admissions counselor and special assistant to the academic dean.
President Stuebner earned her A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College. She completed a senior project in creative writing and was selected as a member of the senior leadership society Casque and Gauntlet. She competed for four years on the varsity women’s basketball team, including one as captain. She also holds an Ed.M. and an Ed.D. from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy with a concentration in higher education.
Her passion for liberal education, sustainability and creating an engaged community of students, faculty, staff and community members matches Colby-Sawyer’s own mission to offer educational programs grounded in the liberal arts and designed to prepare students to thrive in, and make positive impact upon, a dynamic, diverse and interdependent world.
President Stuebner has been involved professionally at the national, regional and local levels. She completed three-year terms on the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Committee, the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Small Institutions Council, and the Dartmouth College Alumni Council. She has served as a member of eight visiting teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. President Stuebner’s professional interests center on the sustainability of private colleges with endowments under $200 million.
A native of Deephaven, Minn., President Stuebner enjoys spending time with her spouse Amanda and their children (Tyler and Gabrielle), walking with her two Labradoodles, sea kayaking, hiking, reading, traveling and cheering for the New England Patriots.