Bethany Zecher Sutton is a higher education and non-profit leader with more than 20 years’ professional experience that includes strategic planning, leadership development, non-profit management, program planning and implementation, writing, editing, and fundraising. Her collaborative style demonstrates her strengths in synthesizing information; problem solving; coordinating programs, activities, and people; communicating; and orientation to detail.
Bethany coaches clients in the higher education, K-12, and non-profit communities, focusing on building leadership at all levels. In spring 2019, Bethany completed a graduate certificate program in Leadership Coaching in the Center for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University.
Bethany also serves as a consultant for Academic Search, Inc., a national higher education consulting firm with a focus on identifying and cultivating leadership within the academy. She joined Academic Search in 2018, following 17 years of service to the higher education community as a member of the leadership team at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). At AAC&U, she played a central role in the association’s work to advance quality and equity in undergraduate education, working with colleagues across the entire spectrum of the higher education community. Prior to AAC&U, Bethany worked in the Provost’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since 2015, Bethany has served as a Faculty Fellow for HERS (Higher Education Resources Services), a nationally-known leadership development program for women in higher education. An alumna of the HERS Institute, Bethany now provides guidance and expertise to Institute participants on a range of topics, including navigating leadership transitions, career planning, organizational change, managing vertically & horizontally, program planning and implementation, and leadership development.
With daughters in 5th and 8th grade in Arlington Public Schools, Bethany also is engaged in the world of K-12 education. She is in her 7th year on the PTA board at Randolph Elementary school, including 3 years as president. She represents Randolph to the APS system-wide Advisory Council on Instruction. Bethany also served as a member of the South Arlington Working Group in 2015, which engaged in a planning process to site a new elementary school.
Bethany holds a BA in history from the University of Mary Washington and an MA in history from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.