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Episode 18 – Susan Whealler Johnston Arguing for Innovation

Office Hours with John Gardner

Susan Whealler Johnston challenges the ideas of innovation by questioning: Is innovation something that has never been done or never been done here? This episode will teach listeners the importance of being aggressive for the right purpose by learning how to argue well.

Guest Bio

Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston is president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), a position she has held since August 1, 2018. Prior to joining NACUBO, she was at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), and for 12 years she served as its executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization as well as strategic planning. While at AGB, she led national projects on a range of topics including college costs, shared governance, institutional risk, educational quality, and student success. She was also a regular contributor to Trusteeship magazine. 

Prior to joining AGB, Susan was professor of English and dean of academic development at Rockford University. She also served as associate dean at Regent’s College, Rockford’s London campus. While at Rockford, she served as department chair, chaired the university’s strategic planning effort, and created grant-funded programs connecting the institution and the community on such topics as girls and STEM, women in the arts, and civic engagement.