President’s Biography

Susan D. Stuebner was named president and professor of Business & Social Sciences at Colby-Sawyer College on July 1, 2016. With thirty years of experience in higher education, President Stuebner brings considerable knowledge about strategic planning, collaborative decision making, institutional effectiveness, and governance.

Since her arrival at Colby-Sawyer College, President Stuebner has introduced and implemented two strategic plans, doubled the endowment from $30 million to its current value of $64 million, established a significant partnership with Dartmouth Health, and introduced 12 new graduate and professional programs.

Prior to Colby-Sawyer, President Stuebner was the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where she supervised the vice presidents in 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.

Before her role at Allegheny, President Stuebner spent a decade at Lycoming College in progressive senior level administrative positions concluding as vice president for administration and planning. While working on her doctoral dissertation, she 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 University 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 is involved professionally at the national, regional, and local levels.
She currently serves as a member of the National Collegiate Association of Athletics Division III Presidents Advisory Group, the Executive Committee for the New Hampshire College and University Council (NHCUC), and the Executive Committee for NH Campus Compact. She also is a Commissioner on the NH Department of Education Commission on Higher Education and a Corporator for Mascoma Bank. President Stuebner also recently completed a term on the Council for Independent College (CIC) Board of Directors. She has chaired teams for New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE) site visits and has served as a member of numerous visiting teams for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

President Stuebner earned her A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College. She completed her graduate work at Harvard University Graduate School of Education earning an Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy and an Ed.D. in higher education. President Stuebner’s research and professional interests center on leadership, decision-making and the sustainability of regional private, residential, liberal arts colleges.

A native of Deephaven, Minn., President Stuebner enjoys spending time with her spouse Amanda and their children (Tyler, 27, and Gabrielle, 24), walking her dogs, kayaking, hiking, traveling and cheering for the New England Patriots.

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