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College of Education Award Recipients

Educational Policy and Leadership Achievement Award

GRAD '78, '89, '93

Jackson, Wis.

It should come as no surprise that Dr. Suzanne Trottier Lundin’s favorite quote is, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

And, oh, the places she’s gone. In 34 years at Milwaukee Public Schools, Suzanne served in several roles, including as teacher, counselor, principal, secretary-business manager and director of the Office of Board Governance. She also taught at Marquette and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Throughout her career, she never lost sight of why she was doing what she was doing, no matter the role. “It took energy, enthusiasm and stamina, and I tried never to forget about meeting the needs of students,” she says.

Deservedly so, Suzanne was given the Excellence in Education Award by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and school community for her dedication, outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence on behalf of MPS students.

Her passion for education and serving others hasn’t slowed down in retirement, either. Today, she mentors young women who are the first in their families to attend college; is in her 18th year guiding the Best Friends Foundation, a national abstinence program with an emphasis on decision-making; and has offered to write grants for a local school district.

Looking back, Suzanne says her Marquette education was a catalyst for her success: “It was here that I found a rigorous academic curriculum with strong staff support and a spirit that inspired self-confidence.”

Fun fact: With three degrees from Marquette, Suzanne is passionate about her alma mater. And she hopes her grandchildren will be on campus in the future. “I’ve been working on them since they were babies,” she says.