Susan has a BA in Physics from Michigan State University, an MS in Physics and PhD in atmospheric science from the Univ. of Illinois. With faculty positions at the Univ. of Illinois and the Univ. of Colorado, her research focused on atmospheric circulation and precipitation, climate variability and water resources, and the development of new radar techniques and instruments for remote sensing. She went on to hold numerous scientific leadership positions, including but not limited to serving as Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UC-Boulder, President of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, President of the American Meteorological Society, and currently chairs the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research. She brings substantial experience with board governance in scientific institutions, along with experience in both strategic planning and governance.