A native of Kalamazoo, Suzanne Lepley is proud to say she has spent 90% of her professional life in the Office of Admission at K. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science and Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University, she worked as a social worker for abuse survivors at the YWCA while preparing for law school. When she joined the admission staff in 1998, two months before she was set to start school, she fell in love with higher education and hasn’t looked back! Suzanne is the former Board President for Colleges That Change Lives, a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and a member of the Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). She loves all things winter related: skiing, snowshoeing, and, above all, snowy winter morning runs.
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Favorite Food: Oh, I wish I didn’t love cheese so much….but it’s totally my favorite food.
When you visit Kalamazoo you must… eat dinner downtown at night when the drippy lights are up!
Favorite question from a prospective student: “Can I bring my chickens to campus?” The question was asked by a now alum when he interviewed on campus as a prospect. The question led to a fascinating (and hilarious) conversation about his family raising chickens for eggs, but it wasn’t legal in his town, so they had to try to hide the chickens. He now works for a company that moves and installs high-end art and exhibits. He actually moved Sue the dinosaur at one point. You never know where a conversation and K education will take you!
Favorite college memory: “Most involve my amazing roommate from Maine, who I was randomly assigned to live with. It’s still remarkable to me that two strangers can meet and become life-long friends. We had a lot of late night dance parties and shared laughter while eating yummy Bilbo’s pizza and Dill Dip (a Kalamazoo classic!)”
Advice for prospective students: “Take a big deep breath and have FUN with this process. Pay attention to the number of students talking to each other on campus and the number of students talking on phones…and listen for laughter. It’s a sure sign that people are happy!”