Suzanne Hermann Williams of Gettysburg Honored by Gettysburg College

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Susan Hermann Williams

GETTYSBURG, PA (06/20/2012)(readMedia)--  In recent weeks Gettysburg College recognized alumni for their extraordinary personal accomplishments, professional achievements, or humanitarian service. Each exemplifies the College's promise to prepare graduates to be leaders and active citizens in their professions, communities, nation, and the world.

During reunion weekend festivities, which ran from May 31 – June 3, Suzanne Hermann Williams '62, Reading Specialist, Gettysburg Area School District (Retired) received the Meritorious Service Award for service to the College at the annual awards ceremony on Saturday, June 2.

Susan Hermann Williams studied French at Gettysburg College and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta. She earned her master's degree in higher education from Indiana University in Bloomington and became assistant dean of students and Residence Hall Director at Bucknell University. In 1970 Lafayette College made the decision to admit women and tapped Williams as their first woman dean for coeducation. Marriage to Gettysburg College's Dean of Student Life Frank B. Williams brought Susan back to her alma mater. Their shared commitment to student affairs is commemorated in the annual Dean Frank B. Williams Memorial Prize that she established in his honor. Williams has served Gettysburg College as a class agent, Cupola Society Development Committee Volunteer, and reunion committee member. She was chair of the committee for her 50th class reunion.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania within a couple hours drive of four major metropolitan areas.