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Snyder retires after 27 years of service to Penn State Lehigh Valley

Sue Snyder
7/18/2013 —

Sue Snyder retired from Penn State Lehigh Valley on June 28, 2013, after 27 years of service.

Snyder began her Penn State career in 1986 at the Allentown Campus as a part-time clerical support person working in what was then known as "word-processing." In May of 1988, she began working with Dr. Eugene Slaski in a new full-time clerical position as Secretary to the Academic Officer. She was assigned to schedule summer school, and to find and interview part-time faculty. She has seen at least 25 faculty members through the process of promotion and tenure. Although some of the assignments have changed over time, Snyder remained in this role for the past 25 years, subsequently serving the Chancellor, Dr. Ann Williams, and then the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Ken Thigpen.

On campus Sue has been active in the Women’s Commission, which helps raise money for student awards, by working on the Angel Tree for abused and neglected children, helping to create and market the campus cookbook, and organizing other activities, such as the annual basket raffle.

She was a key member of the Honors Convocation Committee, working closely with faculty, staff, and students on this event over the years. For this and her many other contributions to the campus, Snyder received the Outstanding Staff Award in 2004.

Snyder graduated from Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport, WV. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Secretarial Studies, graduating in 1969 from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV. She later took graduate courses from the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. Before coming to Penn State Allentown, she was an elementary school teacher in Bridgeport.

Snyder has served her community as a Sunday School teacher for the past 24 years, and also has served as Sunday School Superintendent at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fogelsville. Here she has 14 years of service on the church board, including her current role as secretary of the board, and still is an Elder in this congregation, previously serving as a Deacon.

Snyder is also an avid seamstress and crafter, and loves gardening. She will, no doubt, continue these activities in her retirement. However, the campus “Avon lady” will be retiring at this time as well. Snyder looks forward to increased opportunities to be surrounded by her family, including her husband Ron, her son Steven, daughter-in-law Shelly, and her grandchildren, Chase and Reese.

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