Susan Barrett

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Susan Barrett is known for her strategic advancement and revenue generating initiatives within academia. In her most recent position as Vice President of Corporate, Foundation and Strategic Business Development, …

Barrett was part of the institutional leadership team and instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of the university’s strategic plan.

Responsible for the initiation and cultivation of sustained long-term relationships with industry partners, Barrett focused on developing corporate-affiliated academic curricula, continuing education programs, fellowships, symposia and scholarships.

With an emphasis on activities and programs designed to meet philanthropic and long- term strategic revenue generating goals, Barrett designed procedures and timetables, developed materials, including proposals and articulation agreements, and identified and solicited partnership prospects.

Barrett has been an adviser to university presidents, provosts, deans and chairs, communicating and following best practices for successful university-wide philanthropic and revenue generation and program development activities.

She serves on numerous advisory boards and directed the establishment of the USciences’ Women’s Leadership and Health Initiative and the Geriatric Institute. Barrett was a trustee of the Won Institute of Health Sciences and was on the faculty of the Institute of Competitive Intelligence.

She developed the institutional advancement curriculum for Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies’ Higher Education Administration Program.

As an advancement professional focused on major giving at the University of Pennsylvania and Arcadia University, Barrett collaborated with faculty and staff to secure million-dollar gifts and commitments for institutional programs, deanships, chairs, scholarships, and facilities.

As an executive coach, she works successfully with non-profit leaders. These relationships have resulted in her clients gaining greater effectiveness in leadership, improved communication, productivity, and confidence, greater personal and professional satisfaction, and an increased ability to take their organizations to the next level.

Barrett holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from LaSalle University, a master’s degree in liberal arts and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree from Widener University.