Susanne Darcy retires

 Susanne Darcy retired from the University of Missouri’s Center for Distance and Independent Study (CDIS) in September 2007 after 28 years of outstanding service and leadership in the field of distance education. Susanne served as Assistant Director for Operations and Student Services at CDIS from 1997 to 2007. At CDIS, she also served as Assistant Editor from 1979 to 1983, Course Development Supervisor from 1983 to 1985, and Assistant Director for Curriculum and Course Development from 1985 to 1997.







Prior to beginning her career at CDIS, Susanne earned degrees from St. Louis University, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and the University of Missouri. While enrolled in graduate school, she taught at private secondary schools in Illinois, California, and Missouri, and served as a teaching assistant in the Department of English while working on her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri.  


As a high school English teacher from 1962 until 1974, Susanne served on the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation for the Academy of Notre Dame, Belleville, Illinois, and for Notre Dame High School, in St. Louis, Missouri, also serving as the Program of Studies Chairperson at the latter. Susanne also made several presentations at regional and local conferences during this time.


Susanne has been a Consultant Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools since 1994. She is still serving the Commission in this position and has served on 13 committees thus far. Susanne has also served as a member of the Readers’ Panel for the Accreditation Review Counsel for the HLC since 2004. She is also still serving the HLC in this position and has participated in seven Readers’ Panel reviews so far.


Susanne has been an active member of AACIS since 1993. She served on the AACIS membership committee from 2002-03 and on the AACIS Professional Development committee from 2004-07.


She has been an active member of UCEA since 1985 and held various offices from 1992 to 2000: Administrative Committee, Secretary, Chair-Elect, and Chair—Division of Independent Study, UCEA. From 1985 to 2002, she also served on the following UCEA committees—Individual Awards, By-Laws, Finance, Nominations, Peterson’s Guide, 1995-1996 (Chair), Course Awards, 1995—1996 (Chair), Newsletter, and Program, 2001—2002 (Co-Chair).


Susanne received numerous awards and honors for her achievements, including a Southern Illinois University Graduate Scholarship in 1970 and an English Graduate Assistant Teaching Award from the University of Missouri in 1979. As recognition of Susanne’s outstanding career in the field of distance education, she was given the Distinguished Service Award, Independent Study Division of UCEA, in 1999.


Von Pittman, the director of the Center for Distance and Independent Study, calls Susanne our institutional memory and a “champion road warrior” for her work at many national and state conferences and exhibits promoting distance education. Those who know Susanne regard her highly and fondly recall her graciousness, sense of humor, friendship, and leadership. 


CDIS is grateful to Susanne for her dedication, her many accomplishments, and the difference she made in those whose lives she touched. Her husband, Pat, also retired from his position as principal of Columbia Catholic School this year, and they plan to travel extensively. We hope they are enjoying their newfound freedom!   



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