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Susan Foster

Boston University
Associate Dean for Administration

Susan Foster is currently the Associate Dean of Administration at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her career spans over 30 years in higher education, as a specialist in building innovative administrative systems to support research and educational programs. She was at Harvard University for 20 years where she was responsible for the start up of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and was the Executive Director of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. She also modeled and restructured multiple departments across Harvard University, including the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences which included the Harvard Film Archive and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. She began her career at Tufts University, where she spent 15 years at the then new School of Nutrition as the Assistant Dean for Student Services. Susan attended Wellesley College as a Davis Scholar, studied history at Tufts University, and is a recipient of the Harvard Heroes Award. She is recognized as an accomplished higher education and research executive, with an exceptional background in successfully implementing innovation, especially in start-up ventures and turn-around situations.