Susan C. Aldridge
Susan C. Aldridge is an academic and university administrator, who served as president of the University of Maryland University College from 1 February 2006 until March 2012, and was a senior fellow with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). In September, 2013, it was announced that she had been appointed as the senior vice president for online learning and president of Drexel e-Learning at Drexel University.
Susan Aldridge studied at the Colorado Women's College, completing an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology in 1977, before moving to the University of Colorado at Denver, where she undertook a Masters and then a Doctorate in public administration, graduating in 1991. During this period she worked for the Denver Regional Council of Governments, initially as a planner and then as a Division Director.
In 1991, Aldridge joined the faulty at the National University of Singapore, where she remained until 1994. After a spending some time as Vice President of World Marketing, Inc, she returned to the education sector in 1995, taking on the position of the director of the Western Region at Troy University. While at Troy University, Aldridge was promoted to vice chancellor of the University College in 2001, overseeing "nontraditional programs".
Aldridge left Troy University to be the president of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in 2006. In February 2012 she went on indefinite leave, and in March resigned as president of UMUC; she continued to act as a special adviser to the college at an annual salary of $306,800 until August 31, 2012. William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, acknowledged that an anonymous complaint had been filed with the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits; the complaint alleged that "hush money" payments had been made to staff whose contracts had been terminated. On 26 March 2012 the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Education Committee asked Kirwan to provide him with records of workplace practices and enrolment at the college.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) appointed Aldridge as a Senior Fellow in January, 2013. Later that year, in September, Drexel University announced that she had been appointed as the new senior vice president for Online Learning and president of Drexel e-Learning.
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