Dr. Susan S. Hasseler became Muskingum University’s twenty-first President on July 1, 2016. An academic leader, teacher, and scholar with a deep commitment to the power of the comprehensive liberal arts university model, she has immersed herself in engaging with the students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, friends, and community leaders who make Muskingum such an excellent educational institution. She is now involving the entire campus in planning for Muskingum’s future.
Dr. Hasseler previously served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she led the development of a comprehensive first year program, an integrated student success center, a major science facility renovation, and multiple strategic hires. Prior to that, she served as Dean of the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences and Dean of Community Engagement at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
As a faculty member, Dr. Hasseler served as Professor and Associate Professor of Education at Calvin College and as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. She has published extensively and presented widely on the topics of educational leadership, inclusivity, international education, and cross-cultural learning.
An active leader in national higher education associations, she has most recently served on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans and presents regularly for the Council of Independent Colleges. She is also actively involved in community organizations such as Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way.
Dr. Hasseler holds a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Calvin College, an M.A. in Special Education from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.
She is married to neuropsychologist Kenneth Hasseler, who also earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. They enjoy the visual and performing arts, athletics, hiking, exploring the architecture and geography of new places, and spending time with their son Jon and his wife Mallory, their daughter Kaitlin, and Mizha, their very friendly yellow lab.