Keynote Speakers

Dr. Susan Herbst, Executive Vice Chancellor, University System of Georgia

Dr. Susan Herbst, Executive Vice Chancellor for the University System has extensive administrative and scholarly experience that covers 18 years in a number of faculty and administrative positions, including Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa. While at Northwestern, Herbst taught political science and communications studies and served as both chair of the Department of Political Science and as associate dean for Faculty Affairs, among other key administrative positions. She was dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Temple. Herbst served as the acting president of the University at Albany, State University of New York before coming to Georgia.

Dr. Susan Herbst, is also a professor in the School of Public Policy at GA Tech. She is the author of many books and articles on American politics and public opinion, including /Reading Public Opinion: Political Actors View the Democratic Process/ (University of Chicago Press), /Politics at the Margin: Historical Studies of Public Expression Outside the Mainstream/ (Cambridge University Press), and /Numbered Voices: How Opinion Polling Has Shaped American Politics/ (University of Chicago Press). Since 1996, Herbst has been co-editor of the University of Chicago Press series, /Studies in Political Communication, Media, and Public Opinion/. She was a professor of political science and communication at Northwestern for many years and now is the Chief Academic Officer for the University System of Georgia.

Herbst earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from Duke University, Durham, N.C., and a doctorate in communication theory and research from the University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communications, Los Angeles. She also has pursued additional professional education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management, as well as advanced studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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