Dr. Susanna Baxter head shot

Susanna Baxter was named the 26th president of LaGrange College in April, 2020.

She became the second woman to carry the title of LaGrange College president. Daisy Davies, a missionary, fundraiser and scholar, served as president from 1915 to 1920.

Dr. Baxter is a summa cum laude graduate of Pfeiffer College with a degree in Christian education and religion. She holds a master’s in education in general administrative leadership and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.

At Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina, she was director of residence life and intramural activities before being named dean of students. In 2000, she joined Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association as head of member services and grants, eventually becoming chief operating officer in 2007.

Dr. Baxter moved to GICA in 2010, where she worked with a board of directors, elected officials, corporations, foundations and government employees to advance the cause of independent higher education with the Governor’s Office, General Assembly and national leaders.

She raised more than $1 million in scholarship aid, grants to support collaborative initiatives and operational funds, including a $570,000 federal grant. She successfully advocated for the restoration of $6 million in state funding for the Tuition Equalization Grant in 2013, and a historic increase of $2.2 million in 2014, which included an effective grassroots campaign. Credited with transforming the organization into an effective advocacy and member-focused association, she was named President Emerita after her departure.

A highly recognized speaker, Dr. Baxter has presented talks around the state and nation. She serves on the Board of the North American Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities.

She is married to Mark R. Huffman and they have two sons.