Dr. Susan Bartel, dean of the School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication, is stepping down from her position to become an associate professor of higher education leadership in the doctorate program at Maryville University.
“It’s bittersweet,” Bartel said. “I’ll miss Stephens, the sense of community here and the relationships I’ve made and continue to have with students and graduates. But this position really is the culmination of my entire career. It really is a dream job.”
Working in the Maryville area, Bartel will also be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren, who live in the area.
As dean of SOLSC, Bartel oversees undergraduate Integrated Marketing: Strategic Communications; Integrated Marketing: Graphic Design and Event and Convention Management programs, as well as the graduate-level Master of Strategic Leadership. Since her appointment as dean two years ago, she’s strategically repackaged marketing programming to best reflect industry trends and needs.
Bartel has been with Stephens for eight years during which time she created the Master in Strategic Leadership (now ranked 2nd best leadership program in the country by GetEducated.com); began a social media emphasis within the graduate program; and started the three-year event planning degree.
“It’s hard to summarize Susan’s many contributions to Stephens,” said Dr. Annette Digby, vice president of academic affairs. “We’re sad to see her leave and will miss her leadership and expertise, but we wish her well in her new position.”
Bartel will begin her new position Aug. 1.
Prior to joining the Stephens faculty, Bartel was an assistant professor at Central Methodist University and a marketing consultant at Williams Keepers LLC.
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