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Biography: Susan Balcom Walton
Vice President for University & Public Affairs
Susan Balcom Walton assumed the role of UND's first vice president for university and public affairs in July 2012. She oversees the Division of University & Public Affairs, which was formed by integrating the Office of University Relations, Ceremonies and University Events, e-Marketing and Communications, and UND Television Center.
Walton previously served as an associate professor of public relations and completed a term as associate chair for student media in the Department of Communications at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Walton has also served as a tenure-track assistant professor of English and professional communications at Monroe Community College, New York.
From 2011-2014 Walton served as a member of the board of directors of the Public Relations Society of America. Her published research and writing focuses on workplace relationships. She is a second-year doctoral student (Ph.D.) in Higher Education at the University of North Dakota.
Complementing Walton's academic credentials is her experience of more than 20 years as an entrepreneur and a leader in global corporate communications. She was the owner and principal of Strategic Communications Consulting LLC, a communications consulting and writing agency. She led The Dow Chemical Company's global marketing communications for a business unit in Horgen, Switzerland, and also managed global brand positioning for Dow Plastics. Walton was director of corporate communications for Boise Cascade, and was director of corporate communications for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Walton earned her bachelor's degree in independent studies in 1979 and her master's degree in English in 1986, both from Brigham Young University.