Trustee recognized for leadership and work with University

University President Pat Long, Susanne Richardson Teel, and Jerry Weakley, vice president for endowment and planned giving, at the CASE conference, where Teel accepted the CASE District VI Volunteer of the Year award

The chatter in the lobby of the Denver City Center Marriott last week caught the attention of University President Pat Long.

“Did you go to Susanne Teel’s session on volunteering?” she overheard one Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI conference attendee ask.

“Oh, wow, what a wonderful lady she is!” another said. “She has been my favorite presenter.”

This sentiment came as no surprise to Long, who considers Teel, the former Baker University Board of Trustees chair and current board member, a dear friend.

“Quite frankly, I don’t know that I’ve known anyone who is so selfless in giving of their time and their talent and their treasure,” she said. “I talk to potential board members when they’re coming on, and those are three things we expect. She does that in such an incredible way.”

Much to the delight of the president and the entire University community, Teel, ’69,  was presented with the 2012 CASE District VI Volunteer of the Year award for her contributions to Baker. CASE District VI includes schools in an eight-state region. Awarded with a plaque and heartfelt applause and appreciation from a roomful of her peers in higher education, Teel said she thoroughly enjoyed her experience at the CASE conference.

“I’m so grateful for all my BU friends who helped me celebrate this honor,” she said. “I just love Baker.”

Long said the feeling was mutual as members of the University advancement, alumni relations and marketing and communications departments were excited to accompany the University’s most visible trustee.

“Her leadership has been exemplary as we work toward our strategic plan for Beyond 2012, and her financial contributions provided us with the beautiful upgrades you see in the Harter Union,” Long said. “But perhaps even above those roles is her commitment to being present. Whether it’s rooting on the soccer teams at the Final Four in Alabama or sitting front row at last fall’s Chamber Choir concert, Susanne Richardson Teel is always at hand for the University. This award truly captures that essence, and we are all so very fortunate to have Susanne in our lives.”

See photos from the CASE District VI conference. | Read about Teel’s contributions to Baker.

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