Susanna L. Baxter, Ed.D. has served as the president of the Georgia Independent College Association (GICA) since August 2010. GICA serves 24 of the private, not-for-profit colleges in the areas of advocacy, collaborative services, fundraising and research. Prior to coming to GICA, Susanna served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association for 10 years. She worked as the Dean of Students at Barton College in North Carolina before beginning her association work. Susanna earned her B.A. in both Religion and Christian Education from Pfeiffer University. She went on to earn both her M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
While in Tennessee, Susanna worked to establish several collaborative organizations in order to better serve private colleges. The first was the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a national group purchasing organization providing a range of contracts for small- to medium-sized private colleges in order to help reduce expenditures and improve efficiency. The second organization she helped create was a statewide public and private college coalition to foster healthy and safe campuses with a focus on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.
Susanna is a member of the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association, Atlanta Rotary and the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry. She also serves on several boards, including as Vice Chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives. She is married with their two young sons and lives in Atlanta.