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Susan Walsh ’80 Named Commencement Speaker for SHA's Class of 2023

Sue grew up in Stewart Manor and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy with the Class of 1980 -the first class to graduate from The Sister Virginia Crowley Theatre!

At SHA, Sue was involved in student government, theater, and Sports Night. (Our version of Red & Gold.)  She received a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University in 1984 and was awarded the inaugural Fordham College Alumni Association Award presented to the graduating senior who exemplifies the Fordham spirit of excellence in academics, service, and extracurricular achievement.
Sue’s early career was wide-ranging including stints as an NBC Page and Casting Assistant for commercials. Her development and fundraising career launched as she returned to Fordham as an Assistant Director of Alumni Relations. She went on to serve as Senior Development Associate at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Director of Leadership Gifts at United Way of New York City.  For the past 25 years, Sue has enjoyed an estimable career at Princeton University. She is the first woman and first non-alum appointed Assistant Vice President/Executive Director of Annual Giving at Princeton.
She leads a team that raises over $70 million a year for the University with one of the highest alumni giving rates in the country. 
…but greatest joy has been raising her two amazing daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline.