Constancy is an increasingly rare and treasured facet of leadership. I had the good fortune to serve the University of Puget Sound with the same board chair and same president — Susan Resneck Pierce — for a full decade, together building a successful development program and comprehensive campaign. In this time of destructive churn at the upper ranks, Puget Sound made huge strides during and well beyond Susan’s presidency. I and many others are indebted to her for helping us thrive and grow over time.
Today, Susan’s consulting practice has unusual breadth and depth. She serves a diverse client base from deep knowledge of board development, best practices for presidents, strategic planning, curricular innovation, and partnering with development to attract large, useful gifts. As a former staffer and now as a fellow consultant, I am grateful for her support and inspiration.