Office of the President
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. Read about her inauguration week, April 3-8.
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.
Awards and Achievements
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.
Dr. Huxman and her family
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).
The President’s Medallion
The President’s Medallion symbolizes the responsibility in the Office of the President. Its central motif is the presidential seal, which incorporates a torch with rays of light, symbolizing the light of Christ, knowledge and wisdom. The Bible represents EMU’s foundation as a Christian university. The laurel wreath symbolizes academic endeavor. President Huxman received her medallion during her inauguration ceremony, April 7, 2017.