Introducing SCPS’ newest Executive-in-Residence, Susan Eckert

Introducing SCPS’ newest Executive-in-Residence, Susan Eckert

Please join us in welcoming Susan Eckert to our Executive-in-Residence Program.  Susan is a non-profit executive and a long-time advocate for children, education, and women’s issues.  Susan became President of the United Way of Lancaster County in 1987, after serving as Executive Director of the YWCA of Lancaster.  Prior to that, she worked in admissions at Vassar and Smith Colleges, and was a teacher of children with special needs. 

Susan retired in January 2012 the United Way of Lancaster County. During her tenure, more than 140 million dollars was raised to improve lives in Lancaster County, and three important collaborative efforts were established:  Success by Six, a focus on early care and education, the Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Partnership for Public Health, an effort to support the public health needs of Lancaster County.

Following her retirement, Susan established The Eckert Group. Through her consulting practice, she works with the Partnership for Public Health’s effort to find local solutions to health problems and to improve the public health infrastructure of Lancaster County. Further, she has acted as an Interim Director of the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation and the Lancaster Public Library. Susan also works with Boards assisting with Strategic Planning. Most recently, she worked with CHI St Joseph’s Children’s Health and Linden Hall School for Girls.

Susan received a B.A. from William Smith College, a M.Ed. from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Elizabethtown College in 2005.

The SCPS Executive-in-Residence program enables graduate students to interact with and learn from retired or semi-retired senior executives who have reached a high level of success and expertise in their professional career. Through in-class presentations, mentoring and other learning opportunities, these seasoned executives share their insights and advice with our graduate students.