Welcome to the Team

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

TABS Executive Director

Susan Baldridge
Commencement Address
at Governor’s Academy

May 29, 2022

“Decide the kind of person you want to become, and make the choices that allow you to become that person.”

Susan Campbell Baldridge, Ph.D.

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine.

Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.

A warm thank you to our Search Committee

Suzanne Walker Buck

Committee Co-Chair
Western Reserve Academy OH

Jody Reilly Soja

Indian Mountain School CT

Alex Curtis

Committee Co-Chair
Choate Rosemary Hall CT

Lawrence Sampleton

St. Stephen’s Episcopal School TX​

Ben Williams

Cate School CA

Pamela Jordan

Idyllwild Arts Foundation CA

Innes van Nostrand

Appleby College ON

TIMELINE

JUNE
2021
  • Survey Member Schools and TABS Staff   
  • Interview and Select Search Firm   

SUMMER

  • Write Position Description Based on Survey Results   
  • Post & Distribute Position   
  • Review Candidates Submissions and Build Candidate Pool
LATE
SUMMER
  • Review Candidates and Select Semi-Finalists
FALL/
WINTER
  • Conduct Interviews at TABS Conference
  • Susan Baldridge Appointed New Executive Director
WINTER-SPRING
2022
  • Susan Baldridge and Pete Upham Work Closely to Ensure Smooth Transition
JULY 1
2022
  • Susan Baldridge Officially Assumes the Role
June – July 2021
  • Survey Member Schools and TABS Staff 
  • Interview and Select Search Firm
Summer 2021
  • Write Position Description Based on Survey Results
  •    
  • Post & Distribute Position 
  • Review Candidates Submissions and Build Candidate Pool
Late Summer 2021
Review Candidates and Select Semi-Finalists
Fall 2021 – Winter 2022
  • Conduct Interviews at TABS Conference
  • Susan Baldridge Appointed New Executive Director
Winter – Spring 2022
Susan Baldridge and Pete Upham Work Closely to Ensure Smooth Transition
July 1, 2022
Susan Baldridge Officially Assumes the Role of TABS Executive Director

How We Got Here

Pete Upham Departure Announcement Video

Executive Director
Position Description

August 3, 2021

Leadership Search Committee selects Carney, Sandoe & Associates to Assist in the Search for New Executive Director