Susan E. Lehrman

Susan E. Lehrman

Sue Lehrman has worked in higher education for 25 years, including 20 years in academic leadership roles. Since 2015 she has served as Dean of the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University in Southern New Jersey, a rapidly growing public institution that offers market-facing curricula with a focus on design-thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. 

She has also served as dean at a highly respected liberal arts institution (Union College), a well-regarded masters-comprehensive institution (Providence College), and an innovative professionally focused school (Philadelphia University, now Jefferson University).  Earlier in her career she had the unique opportunity to launch and successfully grow a new higher education institution, Union Graduate College (now part of Clarkson), where she served as Founding President.

Dr. Lehrman has a track record of working successfully with faculty and administrators in other colleges to launch trans-disciplinary programs, including an award-winning MBA in Strategic Design, and has shown demonstrable results in growing programs and enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels across an array of institutional types.

Dr. Lehrman has experience partnering with a range of external stakeholders to develop joint programs, acquire corporate and grant funding, and launch industry-sponsored projects.  She has a proven history of relationship building and successful solicitation of major donors, including solidifying a permanent naming gift for her current college.  She is recognized as a sought-after leader in the communities where she’s lived and worked, serving in leadership roles on numerous boards.  

Known for her ability to revitalize schools that are facing challenges, Dr. Lehrman embraces the concept of Servant-Leadership, while at the same time realizing the importance of having and communicating a strong vision, this bottom-up/top-down approach has empowered faculty in difficult situations to forge effective, goal-oriented teams that embrace curriculum renewal and other major change initiatives.

Dr. Lehrman has extensive accreditation experience with Middle States (initial and reaccreditation) and AACSB (initial and reaccreditation).  She has served in multiple AACSB leadership roles, including on the Business Accreditation Taskforce, the Business Accreditation Policy Committee, and on the AACSB Board, in addition to serving as an accreditation mentor and on Peer Review Teams.

Dr. Lehrman received both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.