|Position:||Sr. Associate Athletics Director / Academics & Student Development|
Dr. Sue Sherburne was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Student Development in February of 2016.
In her current role, Sue oversees the Academic Success, Community Engagement and Student-Athlete Advocacy units, has developed curriculum and instructs educational sessions as part of the Transition Education and Readiness Program (TERP 101) and directs efforts to maintain and build upon the deep rooted Traditions and Pride that make Maryland Athletics unique. She is a member of the Athletic Director's Executive Leadership Team and also manages the day-to-day operations of all leadership, career, and personal development programming for the Athletic Department's Brand U Program. In addition, Sue serves as the primary advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is a member of the Step Up! Bystander Intervention National Advisory Board.
Sherburne joined the University of Maryland in 2014 and previously was the Assistant Athletic Director for Life Skills and Career Development. In that role, she developed and implemented Brand U; a 5-year, seminar-style and on-line module, cohort-specific educational curriculum for Maryland student-athletes. The launch of the Brand U program has been praised as innovative and forward-thinking in the ever-changing landscape of Division I college athletics. She also served on the Athletic Director's Leadership Team and continually demonstrated her commitment to student-athlete and staff professional development and life-long learning through countless leadership and educational initiatives.
Prior to joining the Terrapins, Dr. Sherburne was an adjunct faculty member in the Biobehavioral Health Department at Penn State University, and an Associate Director at the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. Sherburne also served as an academic counselor for the Men's and Women's Basketball Teams, was the founder and director of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute (ADLI), and directed the three-time National Championship Penn State Lionettes Dance Team. In 2000, she was selected to serve as the Big Ten Representative to the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association's CHAMPS Life Skills Advisory Committee that established student development best practices and recognized 1A institutions with the "Program of Excellence" award.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Sue obtained a Master of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in Health Education with an emphasis in Community Health. She completed her Ph. D. in Interpersonal Communication, and her doctoral research focused on communication, interpersonal competence and relational development of college athletes.
Sue is also a group fitness instructor and enjoys shopping, reading and spending time with her family and husband, Mark.