Dr. Susan DeWoody



Dr. Susan DeWoody is a proud first-generation college graduate, lifelong learner, solution finder and champion for the underdog. Although she has also lived in Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina, her heart and her roots are firmly planted in Oklahoma.

Susan is an energetic lifelong learner. For the past 20 years, she has served in multiple areas on college and university campuses: recruitment, advising, campus life, NCAA DII athletics, and academic affairs to name a few. Prior to joining Strata Leadership, Dr. DeWoody worked for CarterBaldwin Executive Search. Her most recent academic post involved serving on the president’s cabinet at Oklahoma Baptist University as the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. She previously served as Vice President and Dean for the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat College in North Carolina, where she helped to initiate an institutional turnaround strategy.

Prior to that, Susan lived in northwest Arkansas and served at John Brown University in increasing leadership roles from director to dean and then associate vice president, managing non-traditional programs, retooling and redeveloping degree completion programs, and leading the multi-million-dollar enrollment management and academic administrative operations for the undergraduate online degree completion and graduate programs.

Susan earned an associate’s degree from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (then Westark College), a bachelor’s degree in education from Arkansas Tech University, a master’s degree in college student personnel services from Northeastern State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership in higher education administration from Dallas Baptist University.

On a personal note, Susan enjoys mentoring rising leaders, baking yummy treats, shopping as a competitive sport, petting all the dogs that cross her path, and watching OU Sooner football (Boomer!). She has been married to Dr. Dale DeWoody (English PhD and writer) for nineteen years. Together they enjoy serving as college ministry leaders and are members of Frontline Church. They have two rescue dogs—Chester and Millie—who add tremendous joy to their lives.

Susan believes deeply in the never-ending pursuit of learning and has a strong desire to inspire others to be intentional about finding their purpose.

Connect with Dr. DeWoody on LinkedIn.

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