Susan is a 1976 graduate of Carleton College, with a B.A. in English. She came to St. Olaf in 1987 with a background of experience in the St. Paul Public Library and at the West Side/West St. Paul Voice, a community newspaper, as well as in corporate settings. At St. Olaf she began as a staff member in the Rolvaag Library, then moved to the Dean of the College’s office and then for the last seven years of the Paracollege before transitioning to her current position in the Center for Integrative Studies (CIS) in 1999, when the program began. In 2000, she was asked to take on administrative support for another brand-new program, the Center for Innovation in the Liberal Arts.
In Northfield, Susan served on the board of directors of Prairie Creek Community School for several years, including as its chair; was a Girl Scout leader, Gold Award committee member, and volunteer trainer for the local GS council; and had other community involvement connected with her two children. Currently, she is active in the Northfield Arts Guild as a member of its Board of Directors, as well as being involved in the Northfield Arts Guild Theater, as director, actor, and costume designer, and member of the Theater Committee, the producing group for the theater’s annual season of comedy, drama, and musicals for all ages. In Fall 2016 she began a four-year term on the Carleton College Alumni Council, which oversees the activities of the Carleton Alumni Association. Susan lives with husband Todd in Stanton Township, Goodhue County, where she serves as an election judge even in the unexciting elections.