DEPARTMENT: President's Office
LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 317
PHONE: (540) 432-4100
Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman has served for more than 25 years in higher education in a variety of administrative and academic leadership roles. She has served as Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president since Jan. 1, 2017.
Since 2011, she was president of Conrad Grebel University College Waterloo, Canada. Previously, she was director of the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University, the only comprehensive, integrated communication program in the state of Kansas. She has served on the board of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) and of Western District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. A graduate of Bethel College, Dr. Huxman holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in communication studies from University of Kansas.
Dr. Huxman has won numerous awards and recognition for teaching excellence when on the faculty at WSU and continues to teach and mentor at Conrad Grebel. She has published two dozen scholarly articles and book chapters and is co-author with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell of The Rhetorical Act: Thinking, Speaking, and Writing Critically, 5th ed. (2015) and editor of Landmark Speeches on U. S. Pacifism, Texas A & M University Press (2015).
A 1982 graduate of Bethel College with a degree in English, Dr. Huxman went on to specialize in communication at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation, titled “In the world but not of it: Mennonite rhetoric in World War I as an enactment of paradox,” was inspired by an interterm history class that she took at Bethel. She served on the Board of Directors of Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) of MC USA from 2001-2007. She is a member of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ontario. Previously, she was a member for 20 years of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita, Kansas.
She and her husband, Jesse, (former Director of Communications, Mennonite Foundation of Canada; previously, Director of Content, KPTS-TV 8, a PBS affiliate; Bethel College ‘81) have three adult children: Julia, 25 (J.D., University of Kansas Law, B.A., Bethel College); Emily, 21 (junior at Bluffton University, Ohio) and Connor, 18 (first-year student at University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel) and son-in-law Trey Ronnebaum (Ph.D. candidate, chemistry, University of Kansas, married to Julia).
1982 B. A. English (summa cum laude) Bethel College
1986 M. A. Communication University of Kansas
1988 Ph.D. Communication University of Kansas
RECENT PUBLISHED SCHOLARSHIP: Books
Landmark Speeches on U. S. Pacifism. Texas A & M University Press: College Station, TX, 2015.
The Rhetorical Act: Thinking, Speaking, and Writing Critically. 5th edition. [with Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Thomas R. Burkholder]. Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT. 2015
Speaking Itinerary Highlights, 2017-1st Quarter
“Let Me Tell You a Story: The Hidden Resources of Parables, Poetics and Proverbs to Advance Healthy Faith-Based Organizations,” Keynote presentation, Mennonite Education Agency/Mennonite Health Assembly Convention, Jacksonville, Fla. March 10, 2017
“What is Christian about Education?” Keynote presentation, 75th Anniversary of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, Lancaster Pa., March 4, 2017.
WORKSHOPS & CONSULTS
“Marketing Mennonite Identity and Education,” [with Jesse Huxman, Brand Narrative Consultant], 75th Anniversary of Lancaster Mennonite Schools, Lancaster, Pa., March 4, 2017.
“Canada vs. The U. S.: Similarities and Differences among Mennonite Schools,” [with Jesse Huxman], Lancaster, Pa., March 4, 2017.
Strategic Visioning Retreat, Part I: Eastern Mennonite Seminary-Eastern Mennonite University, Feb. 10, 2017; Part II [with Dr. Wendy Fletcher]: April 6, 2017.
“Planting Seeds of Faithfulness,” Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Souderton, PA., Feb. 19, 2017.
“Social Justice Stories for a Lenten Season,” Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, March 5, 2017.
“Behold! And Enter the Countercultural Story,” Inauguration Address, Eastern Mennonite University, April 7, 2017; Additional special remarks to various constituencies as part of Inauguration Week, April 3-8.[forthcoming]
“What’s in your Wallet?” Commencement Address, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, May 7, 2017. [forthcoming]
SPECIAL REMARKS, EASTERN MENNONITE UNIVERSITY
“Ringing in a New Year; A New Era,” Convocation Address, Eastern Mennonite University, Jan. 11, 2017, Lehman Chapel
“President’s Town Hall:” University Updates, Celebrations, Challenges, and Lessons Learned, Eastern Mennonite University, March 20, 2017, Martin Chapel
“Commencement Remarks, Eastern Mennonite University,” April 29-30. Select Venues.[forthcoming]
OPEN HOUSES, COMMUNITY, CIVIC & CHURCH GATHERINGS,
“Reflections: Martin Luther King,” Eastern Mennonite University Chapel, “For a Time such as This,” Jan. 16, 2017.
“Remarks, President’s Breakfast,” School for Leadership Training, President’s Reception Room, EMU, Jan. 17-18, 2017.
“Reception Remarks, Harrisonburg Area Leaders,” University Commons, EMU, Jan. 24, 2017.
“Remarks at Parent Council,” Eastern Mennonite University, Lehman Conference Room, Jan. 28 2017, and Alumni Appreciation Day.
“Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Legislative Visit and Introduction, Richmond, VA, Feb. 1-2“Honors Week-end: Presidential Remarks at Parent Dinner,” Martin Greeting Area, Campus Center, Eastern Mennonite University, Feb. 3, 2017.
“Virginia Conference Delegate Session, Opening Remarks & Introductions,” Waynesboro Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, VA, Feb. 4, 2017.
“Reception EMU Lancaster Campus,” Remarks and Meet-n-Greet, Lancaster, PA Campus, March 5, 2017
“Reception Remarks for Alums, Supporters of EMU in Florida,” Der Dutchman Restaurant, Sarasota, FL, March 8, 2017.
“Walk for Hope” Welcome, Remarks & Story, “Eastern Mennonite University Commons, March 25, 2017.“Presidential Updates,” Virginia College Fund Appreciation Luncheon & Board Meeting, Shenandoah Club, Roanoke, VA, March 30, 2017