Bon to serve in new Presidential Fellowship role

Susan Bon, a College of Education professor and School of Law affiliate, is taking on a new role at the University of South Carolina and will serve in a Presidential Fellowship role as executive assistant to President Bob Caslen.

The newly created position serves as a top-level deputy to Caslen, who began his tenure as the university’s 29th president in August. Bon’s responsibilities will include managing day-to-day presidential activities, conducting policy research, serving as the president’s representative in select meetings and acting as a liaison between the president and external and internal constituencies.

Bon joined the university in 2014 and has taught graduate-level classes in education policy and law, with her research focusing on disability law and ethical leadership. Bon also serves as the university’s Faculty Civility Advocate and has been active with Army initiatives that focus on training ROTC officers prior to their campus assignments at higher education institutions across the United States

“I’m honored to be chosen for this important role. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to grow professionally and to advance the university’s mission by working side by side with President Caslen,” Bon says.

Bon received her law degree and a doctorate in education policy and leadership from Ohio State University. She is the recipient of multiple awards while at South Carolina, including three Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Awards.

“Susan brings a unique combination of education policy and legal expertise to this role,” Caslen says. “I look forward to her joining my office and helping us operate effectively to achieve our policy goals.”