Suzanne Coffey, MPP

Senior Consultant

Suzanne Coffey joined K&A as a senior consultant with 35 years of experience in higher education including leadership in senior positions in both athletics and student affairs. Suzanne served most recently as Chief Student Affairs Officer at Amherst College, where she led the restructuring of Amherst’s student affairs division—helping advance the undergraduate experience in health and counseling, residence life, student activities, orientation, and community standards.

Prior to her service as Amherst’s inaugural CSAO, Suzanne served two stints as Director of Athletics; first at Bates College where she was also a member of the faculty, and later at Amherst College. A respected leader in this realm as well, she is recognized for building successful athletics programs focused on competitive excellence in an environment strengthened by attention to developing outstanding leaders. She has extensive experience in national athletics governance and has served as chairperson of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) committees, including as chair of the Association’s division-wide Management Council, as well as rules compliance, strategic planning, and academic reform. Suzanne has deep interest in the study and implementation of organizational change processes and designing inclusive organizational culture.

As a senior consultant, she focuses on strategic and implementation planning in student affairs and athletics & recreation.

Suzanne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Edmund Muskie School of Public Service. She resides in coastal Maine, and is an active outdoor enthusiast and artist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Athletics
  • Student Affairs
  • Title IX

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