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Jan. 13, 2012
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Trustee recognized for leadership, work with the University

Baldwin City, Kan. — Former Baker University Board of Trustees chair and current board member Susanne Richardson Teel was recognized on Monday as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI Conference Volunteer of the Year at the Denver City Center Marriott.Case-honoree2

Teel, a longtime supporter of the university, presented a session on volunteering at the conference. CASE District VI includes schools in an eight-state region.

“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,” Baker President Pat Long 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.”

In recognition of the honor, Teel, ’69, was awarded a plaque and received 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.”

Members of the University advancement, alumni relations and marketing and communications departments attended the conference with Teel.

“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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