President of Drexel University Online
Dr. Susan C. Aldridge serves as president of Drexel University Online, a division of Drexel University, where she is responsible for comprehensive services to online students, while also pursuing innovative approaches to technology-enhanced teaching, learning and student success. Drexel University is a top-100 premier, private non-profit university in Philadelphia.
A highly accomplished and widely recognized higher education leader and strategist, both in the US and abroad, Dr. Aldridge has held executive leadership positions in some of the largest universities in the country. She spent six years as president of University of Maryland University College, and, prior to that, 10 years as vice chancellor for the Global Campus at Troy University in Alabama. During her tenure, both of these universities greatly expanded their global reach; implemented a series of sustainable growth strategies; effected sophisticated analytic systems for measuring quality service and student success; and received outstanding accreditation reviews.
Before joining Drexel University, Dr. Aldridge also served as a senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities where she was commissioned to write a book, Wired for Success. Dr. Aldridge is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and consultant to university presidents, government officials and business leaders in the areas of quality technology-enhanced learning, expanded academic access, sustainable campus growth and global academic partnerships.
Likewise, she has received numerous awards in recognition of her achievements from such organizations as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Social Security Administration, U.S. Administration on Aging, U.S. Distance Learning Association and Women in Technology.