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Susan DeBevoise Wright Joins Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees

NEW LONDON, N.H., June 24, 2010 - Susan DeBevoise Wright, who retired from Dartmouth College in 2009 after working there since 1978 and serving as the college's “first lady” during her husband James Wright's presidency, has joined the Colby-Sawyer College Board of Trustees.

From 2003 until 2009, Wright directed Dartmouth's Kenneth '25 and Harle Montgomery Endowment, which brings artists, leaders and other luminaries to campus for public events and personal interaction with students. She made substantial contributions to student life at Dartmouth in roles such as assistant and later associate director of career services; assistant dean of the college; international student advisor; director of graduate advising and national fellowships; and the first coordinator of both the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program and the Presidential Scholars Program. Wright also served as an advisor to the Phoenix Senior Women's Leadership Society from 1986 to 2009.

Well known for devotion to local civic causes, Wright has been involved in the United Way of the Upper Valley and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She served as honorary chair of the Prouty Century Bike Ride and Challenge Walk fundraiser for many years and is currently engaged in the NCCC Director's Advisory Council. In 2008, Susan and James Wright were honored as the first recipients of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award.

Wright earned an undergraduate degree from Vassar College and a master's degree in education from Stanford University. In June 2009 Dartmouth College awarded her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree for her service to the college.

Susan and James Wright, president emeritus of Dartmouth College, live in Sunapee, N.H.

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