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Suzanne Walsh Joins IEI National Advisory Board

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Suzanne Elise Walsh

RALEIGH, NC—The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is pleased to announce that Suzanne Walsh, President of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, has joined its National Advisory Board.

Suzanne Elise Walsh became the nineteenth president of Bennett College on August 1, 2019. She was most recently deputy director of postsecondary success for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading and developing a team and a portfolio of over $70 million in postsecondary investments in institutional transformation in the United States. She previously served in leadership roles with the Lumina Foundation for Education and The Heinz Endowments. 

“IEI is one of those rare organizations that is able to bring together people from across sectors, regions and perspectives to work collaboratively to find innovative ways to anticipate the future and make sure there is a place for all North Carolinians in that future. This is just the sort of important work I want to be part of,” said Walsh.

“Suzanne has a rich knowledge of higher education, but so much more than that. She’s inspired people with her leadership during a crisis. She understands the critical role of philanthropy in galvanizing change. And she will bring an important perspective from the Triad to our board,” said IEI Director Leslie Boney. “IEI is incredibly lucky to have her insight and optimism on our National Advisory Board.”

Walsh joins a National Advisory Board committed to connecting people, knowledge and resources across the state of North Carolina. See the full list of IEI’s National Advisory Board Members. 


About Institute for Emerging Issues

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University is a nonpartisan public policy organization focused on the state’s vibrancy and economic competitiveness. Since 1986, the Emerging Issues Forum has attracted leaders in business, education and public policy to discuss issues with profound implications for North Carolina’s future prosperity. For more than three decades, the Forum has helped catalyze the policy reforms, public investments and other proactive responses required to build an enduring capacity for progress in North Carolina.