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Former Lycoming College vice president named president of Colby-Sawyer College

Former Lycoming College vice president named president of Colby-Sawyer College

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Susan D. Stuebner, Ed.D., has been named the ninth president of Colby-Sawyer College, a liberal arts and sciences college in New London, N.H. Stuebner had served in a number of capacities at Lycoming College from 2003 to 2013 leading up to her tenure as vice president for administration and planning.

Stuebner, who is currently the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., will assume the duties of the presidency on July 1. She will succeed Thomas C. Galligan Jr, president since 2006.

“Sue was selected from a pool of more than 100 highly qualified applicants with diverse backgrounds,” said Peter Volanakis, chair-elect of the college’s board of trustees. “She rose to the top as a decisive change agent who has a deep understanding of the challenges facing institutions like Colby-Sawyer. Sue also stood out for her strategic, financial and planning acumen; and her experience and willingness to drive greater philanthropic support. Very importantly, we found her to be authentic and with a sensitivity to the inclusive, collaborative and collegial culture which defines Colby-Sawyer.”

Prithul Karki ’17, president of the Student Government Association and a member of the Search Committee, said, “What excites me about Sue Stuebner’s appointment is her desire to work with students and get involved with the community. I am highly impressed with what she has achieved so far, and I am certain she will lead Colby-Sawyer College to the next level.”

At Allegheny College since 2013, Stuebner oversees the vice presidents for development and alumni relations, enrollment, and college relations; the chief financial officer and treasurer; the dean of students; the directors of human resources and athletics; and the Title IX coordinator.

Stuebner cited her dedication to the liberal arts model of education, Colby-Sawyer’s distinctive mission of pairing the liberal arts with professional preparation, and the college’s location in the beautiful small community of New London as the basis for her interest in the presidency.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected as Colby-Sawyer’s ninth president. Throughout the interview process, it was clear what a special community the institution is. As the college has evolved over the past 179 years, one thing that has remained constant is its commitment to students and ability to create meaningful relationships,” said Stuebner. “President Galligan has built a tremendous foundation and left an enduring legacy. I look forward to building on the momentum he has created and to partnering with the trustees, senior leadership team, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the Town of New London in writing the next chapter of Colby-Sawyer’s rich history.”

Stuebner has also held posts at Dartmouth College, Wheelock College, Harvard University, Albright College and Carleton College.

Stuebner earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College, where she was a member of the varsity women’s basketball team for four years and captain for one. 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. Wish her well at

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