Susan Pauly to Retire from Presidency of Salem Academy and College

Susan Pauly to Retire from Presidency of Salem Academy and College

September 3, 2013
Dr. Pauly in front of Main Hall

Dr. Susan E. Pauly has announced that she will retire from the presidency of Salem Academy and College on June 30, 2014.

Dr. Pauly is in her eighth year as the 19th president of the 242-year-old institution, which was founded in 1772 by the Moravian Church to educate women. Her retirement will conclude a period of growth and accomplishment for Salem that has defied challenges brought about by the recent economic recession.

“In our 242nd year, we are stronger than ever, thanks to an amazing community that celebrates our historic legacy and foresees an exciting future and Salem’s essential role in this century and beyond,” said Pauly in her personal announcement to members of the Salem family.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College, Board Chair Charles Blixt expressed deep appreciation for Pauly’s leadership: 

“It has been a privilege to serve with President Pauly, who has exemplified a deep commitment to the education of girls and women. She has shown tremendous leadership during her tenure and has fortified the foundation of Salem, which will ensure its continued success in future years. We are extremely grateful for the guidance she has brought to the position of president at an important time in the life of our school and for her vision, which has positioned Salem at the forefront of excellence in liberal arts education,” said Blixt. 

Among many accomplishments under Pauly’s leadership, Salem’s financial strength has increased; land around the perimeter of campus has been acquired for future expansion; the College has experienced historic student growth; and academic and co-curricular programs at the Academy and College have grown in depth and breadth. In the spring, 2014, Salem College will celebrate the grand opening of a new student center, the first building to be constructed on the historic campus since 1986.

“Perhaps most importantly, we have remained true to our historic mission and values while expanding in ways that reflect new opportunities available to our graduates in the 21st century,” said Pauly.

Prior to becoming president at Salem Academy and College, Pauly served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 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, Pauly has personally related to every aspect of Salem Academy and College's educational mission. 

In retirement, Pauly says she will devote her time to family, which includes Dr. Stephen Dew, who retired in June 2013 as Coordinator for Collections and Scholarly Research for the UNC-Greensboro library system, a daughter and two grandchildren.

In the coming months, the Board of Trustees of Salem Academy and College will initiate a presidential search process, which will include input and participation from all of Salem’s family, including faculty, staff, students and alumnae.

Posted: September 4, 2013