Our Featured Keynote Speaker – Suzanne L. Harrington, DNP, RN, MCHES
Recruited by the Georgia Institute of Technology to serve as the Executive Director for Georgia Tech’s Center for Community Health and Well-being, Dr. Suzy Harrington incorporates the Campus Recreation Center, Stamps Health Services, and Health Promotion into one unit designed to advance the campus culture of healthy living. She is leading and aligning goals and resources on the local, state, and national level to promote an interdisciplinary, multifocal, and multi-dimensional approach to student and employee health and well-being. In her role, she directs more than 100 employees and a ten-million dollar budget.
Previously, Harrington was Chief Wellness Officer at Oklahoma State University, America’s Healthiest Campus®, overseeing wellness across five OSU campuses and 77 county extension offices. There, she developed the nationally recognized wellness strategy model and collaboratively set the foundation for a system wide culture of wellness.
Dr. Harrington has been a leader in a variety of health related roles in her career including American Nurses Association’s Director of Health, Safety, and Wellness, the National Committee of Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) Director of Customer Resources and notably as the US Air Force Health Promotion and Fitness Program Manager and Subject Matter Expert. In this Air Force role, she provided health expertise, consultancy, and advocacy to plan and direct all aspects of the Air Force Health Promotion for 74 Health and Wellness Centers (HAWCs) systems and interdisciplinary staff, worldwide. Other positions Dr. Harrington held include the Director of Education at the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Denver, Manager of Clinical Services in Baltimore, and Outcomes Management Project Director for an Army Congressional grant in Maryland.
Dr. Harrington completed her nursing degree from Angelo State University in Texas and served in a variety of nursing roles including Air Force nursing, intensive care, school health, and nurse recruiting.
She was one of the first in the country to become a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) after graduating with a Master of Science in Health Sciences. Dr. Harrington earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in healthcare business and management from Rush University in Chicago.