Donor Stories

Suzanne “Dean Sue” Wasiolek

There are few Duke undergrads unfamiliar with the cheerful, supportive persona of Suzanne “Dean Sue” Wasiolek ’76, M.H.A.’78, LL.M.’93, the university’s associate vice president for student affairs and the dean of students. Twenty years in Student Affairs has heightened Dean Sue’s love for Duke and her appreciation for the financial aid that gave her the opportunity to first come to the university as an undergraduate. Her generous $2 million bequest will benefit the Annual Fund, Student Affairs, football, and student health and wellness.

“Although the cost of a Duke education over 40 years ago was significantly less than today, the price tag was still a daunting number. The fact that Duke provided full financial aid to me made it possible for me to attend Duke. I have remained at Duke since arriving as a freshman to pursue two graduate degrees, followed by a career in Student Affairs. What a total joy it has been! I can never repay Duke for what it has given to and done for me. But I’m going to continue to try.”