Dr. Susan Traverso takes office as Thiel College’s 20th president

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Susan Traverso, Ph.D., takes office today as Thiel College’s 20th president. The College made history at a press conference in May when it announced Traverso as its first female president. Following the announcement, a group of anonymous donors made a $150,000 gift to Thiel College for Traverso to support new initiatives. The gift was made in honor of Thiel’s 150-year history.

Traverso brings student-centered strategies and a focus on successful graduate outcomes to Thiel College. She has served in various leadership roles at distinguished colleges and universities across the country. Most recently, Traverso’s initiatives at Elizabethtown College included creating a special office for sponsored research and programs, developing a school of continuing and professional studies, and establishing a center for community and civic engagement.

She will also continue building on her significant fundraising experience. Traverso coordinated $60 million in campus improvements and advanced fundraising priorities that resulted in $20 million of external funding at Elizabethtown. Traverso’s fundraising skills will be a key component as she looks to maintain the momentum of Thiel College’s record-breaking Thiel 2016 Campaign—which has raised more than $61 million—and continues through the end of this year.

“It is both a privilege and pleasure to welcome Dr. Susan Traverso as our 20th president,” Chair of the Board of Trustees Barry Stamm, M.D. ’70 said. “With Dr. Traverso’s extensive background in higher education, collaborative leadership style and many impressive academic accomplishments, she was the unanimous choice of the Board and overwhelming favorite of the College community for this vital position. I look forward to her presidency, which I am confident will be a time of significant growth and achievement for Thiel College.”

Traverso joins the College at a time of substantial progress. Thiel was recently selected as a 2016-2017 College of Distinction for demonstrating excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes. The College also ranked on Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index 2016, indicating that its active network of more than 10,000 alumni experience post-graduate success and donate back to their alma mater at high rates.

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Thiel College is a private liberal arts institution founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 25 varsity sports, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio to more than 900 students. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation as it celebrates 150 years.