Susan Traverso, Ph.D., was officially announced as Thiel College's 20th president on May 17, 2016. President Traverso comes to Thiel from Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, Pa.), where she served as the provost and senior vice president. She earned her bachelor's degree in history and communication from Simmons College (Boston, Mass.), and doctoral and master's degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. President Traverso took office Aug. 1, 2016 as the College's first female president.
The president is the executive head of the College, serving as the official link between the College community and the Board of Trustees and charged with general oversight and direction of the instruction, discipline, co-curricular interests and management of Thiel College. She presides at all public exercises of the College and at meetings of the faculty and administration.
The president addresses the campus community on many occasions, but makes formal remarks at three important academic gatherings each year: Opening Convocation, Honors Convocation and Commencement. Read President Traverso’s remarks below.