GICA President Susanna Baxter to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Susanna Baxter

GICA President Susanna Baxter

GICA President Susanna Baxter to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Reinhardt University’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Georgia Independent College Association President Susanna Baxter is the keynote speaker for Reinhardt University’s commencement ceremony on May 3, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. More than 240 students will participate in the ceremony at the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center on Reinhardt’s campus in Waleska, Ga.

Susanna L. Baxter, Ed.D. joined GICA in August 2010. Prior to coming to GICA, Susanna served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association for 10 years. She worked as the Dean of Students at Barton College in North Carolina before beginning her association work. Susanna earned her Bachelor of Arts in both religion and Christian education from Pfeiffer University. She went on to earn both her Masters of Education and Doctor of Education degrees in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

While in Tennessee, Susanna worked to establish several collaborative organizations in order to better serve private colleges. The first was the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a national group purchasing organization providing a range of contracts for small- to medium-sized private colleges in order to help reduce expenditures and improve efficiency. The second organization she helped create was a statewide public and private college coalition to foster healthy and safe campuses with a focus on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.

Susanna is a member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association and Atlanta Rotary. She is married to Mark R. Huffman and they, along with their two sons, live in Atlanta.