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President's Biography

Susan E. Pauly is the 19th president of Salem Academy and College, the oldest educational institution for women in the nation, which was founded by the Moravian Church in 1772. Dr. Pauly can personally relate to every aspect of Salem Academy and College's educational mission, having attended an all-girls secondary...

Susan E. Pauly is the 19th president of Salem Academy and College, the oldest educational institution for women in the nation, which was founded by the Moravian Church in 1772.  Dr. Pauly can personally relate to every aspect of Salem Academy and College's educational mission, having attended an all-girls secondary school, started college as a traditional student, completed her college education as an adult student and continued her studies as a graduate student. 

Dr. Pauly earned her undergraduate degree in secondary education/English at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  After teaching in Costa Rica, she returned to the United States and earned her master's and Ph.D. in English at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Before coming to Salem, she served as the director of strategic planning for the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and, more recently, as vice president for academic affairs and dean of Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

She has been very involved in higher education associations on a national level, serving on the Council of Independent Colleges' National Task Force for Provosts/Academic Vice Presidents and as a mentor in the council's program for new academic vice presidents.   

Not only does Dr. Pauly fulfill administrative duties at both Salem Academy and College, but she is also active in the community served by Salem. She is a member of the Winston-Salem Chamber Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Winston-Salem Alliance, the Downtown Rotary Club, The Forsyth Medical Foundation Board of Directors and The United Way Board of Directors.  

Dr. Pauly has served as President of Salem Academy and College since July 1, 2006.   

She is married to Dr. Stephen Dew, Collections and Scholarly Research Coordinator for the UNC-Greensboro library system, and she has an adult daughter, granddaughter and new grandson living in Maryland. Her hobbies include ballroom dancing, reading and traveling with her husband.