Susan Pierce engaged with Southwestern University to promote a better understanding of shared governance among faculty, administrators and trustees. She met with various constituencies, presented best practices, and most crucially listened.
In my opinion, Susan’s greatest strength lies in her ability to build relationships and trust in a short period of time. Faculty responded to her warmth, empathy and deep attention.
Over the course of a year with her guidance and support our institution successfully created an aspirational statement on shared governance endorsed by both faculty and trustees.
Personally, as Dean of the Faculty and a close partner with her in this work, I continue to benefit from her wisdom and generosity of spirit. She is a valued and trusted mentor who has encouraged me to amplify my presence and voice in higher ed conversations. Her consulting work has been a true bright spot in my career.