Trustee, President's Office

Personal Statement

Suzanne Forsyth is nationally known in the field of human resources and organizational development.   She is a consultant, lecturer, and writer on workplace issues.  She is widely recognized for significant contributions to human resources and higher education as well as women’s programs.  She has served as President and Treasurer of the National Association for Women in Education; received the professional of the year award from the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area (HRA-NCA); and served on the national advisory board of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA-CREF).  She was featured in a book on outstanding human resources executives published by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.  She is Past President of the Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area, and serves on HRA-NCA’s Past Presidents Council.

During her tenure at the American Council on Education, she served as Executive Secretary of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.  She developed a comprehensive health insurance program for the higher education associations under a Multiple Employer Trust. She developed and led an innovative human resources program with major accomplishments in areas of compensation, affirmative action, professional development, diversity initiatives and organizational development.  She served on the President’s leadership team for 17 years and made many speeches and presentations as part of the ACE Speaker’s Bureau.  She developed a community outreach program for the National Center for Higher Education that was recognized by the Points of Light Foundation.

She has spoken before audiences such as the Society for Human Resource Management, the American Council on Education, the College and University Personnel Association, American Management Association, The Independent Sector, the American Society of Association Executives, the Association of College Unions International, National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Ms. Forsyth’s consulting practice is in the areas of organizational planning, retreat facilitation, human resources program assessment and development, change management, compensation strategies, executive search and consultation, workplace communications, professional development programs, executive coaching, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) training, outplacement counseling, and quality of workplace studies.

Ms. Forsyth served as Lay Leader at Foundry United Methodist Church and as Chair of the Church Council.  She led the church through a comprehensive strategic planning initiative.   She has served on the Board of Martha’s Table, a nonprofit organization serving the city’s homeless and poor.  She was a trustee at Goddard College and has served on the board of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School.  She is currently a member of the Board of the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place and a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Wesley Theological Seminary.

At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church she is a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, the Visioning Team and the Advocacy Team, and is currently Lay Leader.  She has served on the board of Palisades Village, an aging in place initiative for residents of Foxhall and Palisades in northwest Washington, DC.

From 1995 to 1999 she was adjunct faculty at The American University.

Her clients include Howard University, Ithaca College, Berklee College of Music, Eastern Michigan University, Cleveland State University, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Council on Education, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, The Council of Graduate Schools, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the Association of American Medical Colleges, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Howard Community College, Academic Search Consultation Service, St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. Public Education Network, Maryland Independent College and University Association, University of Montana, Wilson College, National Association of College and University Business Officers, Rollins College, Federal Trade Commission, National Research Council, Investment Company Institute, Jewish Social Services Agency, Berea College, Council on Social Work Education, Pace University, Texas Christian University, Villa Julie College, College of Southern Maryland, Ocean Technology Foundation, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Gallaudet University; Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, St. Timothy’s School,  Ohio University, Miami University of Ohio, American Political Science Association, Plan USA, Goddard College, Washington Tennis Association

Assignments include organization assessments and redesign at Cleveland State, Howard and Eastern Michigan Universities.  She developed a cohort professional development program for administrators at Ithaca College.  She has assisted the provosts at both Ithaca College and Rollins College with strategic planning efforts.  She has done organizational assessments for many of her clients; she assisted Texas Christian University with the development of a strategic approach to compensation.  She currently provides Gallaudet University with a cohort professional development program for managers.  Recently, she conducted a quality of work life study for the College of Southern Maryland.  She has served as faculty, AJCU Leadership Institute.


SPHR – Society for Human Resource Management

Diversity Trainer – Society for Human Resources Management

MBTI Trainer – CAPT

Executive Assessments – Center for Creative Leadership, including BENCHMARKS 360 degree assessment

President, Suzanne Forsyth Associates                                                            2000 Present

Vice President, Kaludis Consulting Group                                                 1997  – 2000

Director, Human Resources, American Council on Education                   1973  – 1997

Associate Dean of Students, Georgetown University                                  1970  – 1973

BS, Psychology, CCNY, Graduate Study in business, NYU

Georgetown University – Present, candidate for Master’s degree in Liberal Studies