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Muskingum University to celebrate the inauguration of President Susan S. Hasseler

Muskingum University will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Susan S. Hasseler as its 21st president with a week of activities showcasing the talents and achievements of students beginning Sunday, April 2. The campus community, trustees, alumni and distinguished guests will gather for an academic procession and ceremony to install Dr. Hasseler at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7 in the University’s Anne C. Steele Center.

Susan S. Hasseler“It has been our great privilege to welcome Dr. Hasseler, a respected academic leader, teacher and scholar, to the University,” said Harold W. Burlingame, Chair of Muskingum’s Board of Trustees. “Since Dr. Hasseler joined us, she has immersed herself in our community both on and off campus, and repeatedly reaffirmed our belief that her vision and leadership will continue to advance our institution and our region alike.”

Prior to becoming Muskingum University’s 21st president on July 1, 2016, Dr. Hasseler 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.

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.

“Inauguration week is a celebration of the extraordinary accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff. In addition, it provides a great opportunity to share our exciting vision for the future,” Dr. Hasseler said. “Ken and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the campus, the community and alums from across the nation. We look forward to greeting our friends and meeting new ones at the events beginning April 2.”

In addition to the installation ceremony on April 7, Muskingum University will host a variety of public events representing Dr. Hasseler’s emphasis on community engagement and recognizing student achievement, including the following:

• Spring Musical: “Pippin,” 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 2, Caldwell Hall’s Thompson Theatre;
• Community Worship Service, 7:00 p.m., Sunday April 2, College Drive Presbyterian Church;
• Senior Art Show Opening, 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, Palmer Gallery;
• Inaugural John Glenn Lecture in Earth and Planetary Sciences featuring astronaut, explorer, physician, and inventor Scott Parazynski, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, in Boyd Science Center Room 343;
• Inauguration Ceremony, 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, in the Anne C. Steele Center;
• Day of Community Service and Celebration, 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 8, at New Concord Pool.

A complete list of the athletic events held during the week, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and track and field, is available by visiting the Inauguration events page.

For more information about Dr. Hasseler or the inauguration week events beginning April 2, including the installation ceremony April 7, visit the Inauguration website.