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Stevenson Appoints Susan Gorman Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

August 18, 2016 10:30 AM

Susan Gorman

Stevenson University announces the appointment of Susan Thompson Gorman, Ph.D., as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Gorman previously served as Stevenson’s Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and was the founding Dean of its School of the Sciences. In her new position, she will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet while providing the academic leadership for Stevenson. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Gorman will lead the deans of Stevenson’s seven Schools, support the professional growth and development of faculty, participate in shared governance, and support student learning through academic services. Her appointment is effective as of August 22, 2016.

“In Susan’s 25-year career at Stevenson, she has guided and fostered many critical changes and our academic growth, and has been an innovator in her various roles,” said Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., President of the University. “Her commitment to academic excellence and building strategic partnerships with external organizations has furthered Stevenson’s reputation and influence. These traits prepare her for success in her new role as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.”

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the Stevenson community,” said Dr. Gorman. “The most important thing that we do at Stevenson, the only thing that really matters, is educating our students and equipping them for the future. Our motto, ‘For Learning, For Living,’ says it all. I am privileged to work with many talented colleagues whose commitment to excellence, hard work, and support are responsible for the accomplishments we have achieved collectively. I look forward to providing the academic leadership that will serve the University well through the transitions ahead.”

A graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Dr. Gorman holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Johns Hopkins University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Gorman joined Villa Julie College in 1991, developing new courses, a senior capstone program, and the institution’s first pre-medical curriculum. As an academic administrator, Dr. Gorman has held three positions, and her responsibilities have increased as the institution’s organizational structure has grown to meet evolving needs. She was appointed to serve as the Founding Director for the Science and Mathematics Division in 2001. In 2009, she was selected as the Founding Dean for the School of the Sciences and in 2014 was appointed as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Gorman’s accomplishments include establishing and managing an array of new academic programs; leading curricular reform; and building a research community for students and faculty. Her background includes extensive experience in academic assessment, retention strategy, community outreach, and building partnerships to further Stevenson’s STEM goals. Dr. Gorman has secured grants that launched initiatives such as the creation of the University’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, established Stevenson’s affiliation with the national Project Lead the Way program, and supported the State’s Academy of Health Professions curriculum.  In 2014, she was named a Distinguished Woman Honoree by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland.

A long-time Maryland resident, she and her husband of 33 years have raised three daughters.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.