Suzanne Lepley – Director of Admission

Suzanne LepleyA native of Kalamazoo, Suzanne has deep roots in the city she loves. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science and Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University, she served as a social worker for abuse survivors at the YWCA; an organization and work she greatly respects. While working largely with college students at the Y, she realized her true calling was in higher education and since 1998 she has been a devout Hornet fan. 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 movie marathons and shared laughter while eating Bilbo’s pizza and dill dip (a Kalamazoo classic!).”

Advice for prospective students: “Keep in mind, you, the student, are in the driver’s seat in this process. In the end, you choose us, not the other way around. Visit campus and pay attention to the number of students talking to each other and the number of students talking on phones; it’s a true sign of community engagement.”