Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). Prior to joining AGB, she was professor of English and dean of academic development at Rockford University. She serves on the boards of Rollins College and Radford University, and she chairs the board of the Southern Education Foundation. She is a member of the advisory committees of the National Institute on Learning Outcomes Assessment and the National Survey of Student Engagement. Johnston earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from Purdue University and her B.A. summa cum laude from Rollins College.