Susan Herbst

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Susan Herbst
Born New York City, New York, United States
Residence Storrs, Connecticut, United States
Education BA, Duke University (1984)
PhD, University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication (1989)
Occupation President of the University of Connecticut
Predecessor Philip E. Austin
Spouse(s) Doug Hughes

Susan Herbst, a political scientist, is the 15th and current president of the University of Connecticut. She was named the president of the university on December 20, 2010,[1] and took office on June 1, 2011. She succeeded Philip Austin, who served as Interim President since May 2010 after President Mikael Hogan left.

The University of Connecticut has campuses in Avery Point, Greater Hartford, Stamford, Torrington, Waterbury, and Storrs, enrolling more than 28,000 students, with a total operating budget of approximately $1.4 billion. Herbst is the first woman to be selected as the University of Connecticut’s president since the school’s founding in 1881.

Administrative and academic career[edit]

Prior to her appointment to the presidency, Herbst served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at the University System of Georgia, where she led 15 university presidents and oversaw the academic missions for all 35 public universities in Georgia.

She also worked closely with the system’s Board of Regents on all aspects of finance and higher education policy for the state. The system has more than 311,000 students, roughly 10,000 faculty members, and a budget of more than $6 billion a year. Herbst also held a faculty appointment as a professor of public policy at Georgia Tech.

Herbst was previously provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at SUNY-Albany from 2005 to 2007, and also served as acting president of the school for a year. She also served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University from 2003 to 2005.

Herbst joined Northwestern University as an assistant professor in 1989 and remained there until 2003. She became Professor of Political Science and Communication Studies in 1999, and eventually chaired the Department of Political Science.

Herbst has authored many scholarly journal articles and books, including her most recent book, Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics (Temple University Press), released in September 2010. Her publications also include Reading Public Opinion: Political Actors View the Democratic Process (University of Chicago Press, 1998), Politics at the Margin: Historical Studies of Public Expression Outside the Mainstream (Cambridge University Press, 1994), and Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polls Have Shaped American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1995), among others. Along with Benjamin I. Page, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Jamie Druckman, she edits the University of Chicago’s Chicago Studies in American Politics.


Herbst received her B.A. in political science from Duke University in 1984 and her Ph.D. in communication theory and research from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication in Los Angeles in 1989.


Herbst was born in New York City and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley town of Peekskill, N.Y. She and her husband, Doug Hughes, have two children, Daniel and Rebecca. Herbst was appointed to Cenveo's Board of Directors on September 18, 2013.[2]


  1. ^ "UConn Names Susan Herbst Its 15th President | UConn Today". Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  2. ^ "Cenveo Announces Appointments of New Directors". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 

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