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Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D.

Susan D. Johnson, Ph.D., is director of organizational development and philanthropic practice where she guides data-informed decisions in Lumina's efforts to achieve the 60% attainment goal.

Throughout her career in higher education, she has acquired intimate knowledge of policies and practices affecting student success, student engagement, and institutional accountability. After joining Lumina in 2008, Susan served as a strategy officer and later as director of equity and inclusion where she actively sought to engage professionals, scholars, and partners committed to the promotion of equity and excellence in postsecondary education.

Prior to joining Lumina, Susan held professional positions in student affairs at Louisiana State University and the University of North Dakota and in institutional research at Indiana University. Johnson earned her B.S., M.S., and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs at Indiana University.

Susan is actively involved in the philanthropic sector, currently serving on the board of Grantmakers for Education (GFE) and the executive team of Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy (IBIP). She is also a co-editor of Standing on the Outside Looking In: Underrepresented Students' Experiences in Advanced Degree Programs.