Susan M. Pliner, Ed.D.
Director of Centennial Center for Leadership
Susan came to the Colleges in 2006 as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and was asked to assume director responsibilities at the Centennial Center for Leadership in 2009. In addition to her associate dean role, Susan is responsible for the CCL's vision, strategic direction and leadership curriculum. Under her leadership, the CCL has experienced rapid growth and established itself as an integral part of campus with the long-term goals of providing sustainable programming to the surrounding Geneva community. Prior to HWS, Susan was the Associate Director of the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College, where she also ran a leadership program for young women in high school. Susan's expertise in teaching and learning, social justice education, social identify development and instructional design has fostered an innovative atmosphere at the Centennial Center for Leadership and her commitment to providing opportunities that require leaders to think critically about their core beliefs, values and goals is reflected in the CCL's program offerings.
Susan has a B.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education, a M.Ed. in Special Education, a CAGS in Social Justice Education, and an Ed.D. in Human Development. She teaches as an assistant professor and teaches courses in the Education Program and Social Justice Education Program.
Amy Forbes, Ed.D.
Amy arrived to HWS in July 2011 as the associate director for the Centennial Center for Leadership. In addition to her day-to-day leadership within the CCL, Forbes is an instructor, advisor and content developer for CCL programs.
Forbes has a B.A. in English from Salisbury University. She also earned a master’s of science in education with a concentration in College Student Personnel from Bucknell University and has completed a doctorate in education with a focus in Educational Leadership and Policies Studies. Prior to her associate director role, she spent ten years working in college athletics as a women's soccer coach, an academic counselor and educational program developer for student-athletes. Her specialty areas include leadership development, leadership instruction, college student learning and development, and entrepreneurial leadership.
Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Morgan is responsible for developing the Center's Community Leadership programming, as well as co-teaching two of the Center's Reader's Colleges, HWS Minds Wide Open and Public Speaking. She also coordinates the Leadership Institute and serves as an advisor to the HWS Leads certificate program students, guiding them through their growth as ethical and justice-driven leaders.
Morgan graduated from William Smith College in 2010 with Honors in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. In May 2012, she graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Masters in Psychology with concentrations in Women's Studies and Applied Social Issues.