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Celebrate 17

During the final year that Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., will serve as the University’s president, Stevenson will take the time to reflect upon his accomplishments, his impact on SU’s growth and evolution, and his dedication to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Track these events, celebrations, memories, photos, and more on the dedicated “Celebrate 17” website. We will continue to add to this site throughout the year, so please bookmark and visit it frequently as we begin to bid farewell to our visionary president.


Susan Thompson Gorman, Ph.D.

Susan Thompson Gorman, Ph.D., has been appointed Stevenson’s Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Gorman previously served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and was the founding Dean of Stevenson’s 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, 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.

A graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Gorman holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She 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, Gorman has held three positions: 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 she was appointed as the Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“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,” Gorman notes. “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.”

School of Sciences

The female faculty and staff of the School of the Sciences have been honored with Insight Into Diversity magazine’s 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. This recognizes remarkable women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professions who make a significant difference and inspire others through teaching and mentoring, research, and other initiatives.

The School of the Sciences has a long history of engaging diverse students at all levels from elementary school through college in hands-on learning, original scientific research, and STEM career exploration. Previous Dean Susan T. Gorman, Ph.D., established many of the current initiatives for which the School is being recognized and oversaw tremendous growth in the sciences in the last several years. Current Dean Meredith C. Durmowicz, Ph.D., says, “These faculty and staff are strong, confident, smart, and accomplished women who are living, breathing examples to others that it is possible to be a woman and be successful in a STEM career. They are role models for all those who interact with them, including male students and colleagues.”

Read more about this story or check out a list of programs within the School of the Sciences and learn more, inquire, or apply.

John Buettner

Stevenson is pleased to announce the appointment of John Buettner as Vice President of Marketing and Digital Communications, effective since July 1, 2016. Buettner brings a wide range of expertise to the leadership responsibilities of his new role, which he served in an interim capacity for four months. Previously, Buettner was the University’s Associate Vice President for Digital Communications, overseeing the web team, the SU Now Portal, media relations, the video production team, and emergency digital communications. He originally joined the Office of Marketing and Digital Communications in February 2009 as the Assistant Vice President of Public Relations.

Buettner holds a bachelor’s from Washington College and a master’s from Villanova University. He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, and marketing, with 16 of those years spent in higher education. He previously served as the Director of Media Relations for Washington College (2000-2006) and the Media Relations and Web Manager for the University System of Maryland Chancellor’s Office (2006-2009).

Diversity at SU

The academic year theme for 2016-2017 is Celebrating Diversity, a reminder of the many ways in which the University embraces the inclusion of all within its tight-knit community. Visitors to campus will see these colorful, thoughtful banners posted throughout in support of continuing Stevenson’s long-held tradition of promoting diversity in all of its efforts.

Diversity at SU

Colin May

Colin May, Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice, was presented with an Award for Public Service by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Channing D. Phillips, at the USAO’s 34th Law Enforcement Partner Awards. One of approximately 170 law enforcement officers, agents, and investigators who received recognition for efforts to convict criminals, May was nominated for his work as a Special Agent with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement from 2012 through 2015. The award cited a case that he worked on with Federal prosecutors involving the seizing and subsequent initiating civil forfeiture proceedings against critically sensitive aircraft parts valued at over $1 million. The award noted that these forfeitures were the “first of their kind ever filed and represent an effective multi-pronged strategy” to disrupt terrorist support networks overseas. The citation also stated that the forfeitures were “truly an inventive solution” that had otherwise never been used or considered in these types of cases.


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