Suzanne Teer places a premium upon building rewarding, long-term relationships with clients, striving to understand the unique culture of each institution and compelling nature of each leadership opportunity. She approaches her work from the perspective of a true partner. She is highly responsive and service-oriented and carries this approach through to maintaining close, communicative relationships with the executive candidates she engages.
Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Suzanne supports leadership searches for presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans and other key roles across all academic areas, with particular expertise in science, research-oriented and engineering-related searches as well as advancement and philanthropy searches. Her clients include top-tier research universities, independent research institutes, public regional universities and leading private universities. Suzanne brings to her search work extensive experience in fundraising within the field of education spanning top-tier research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges and independent schools.
Prior to joining WittKieffer in 2016, Suzanne spent 20 years with the University of California raising funds to support the physical and biomedical sciences where she developed her passion for science and research. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Development for the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and member of the advancement executive team at the University of California, San Francisco. Suzanne has also held senior leadership positions in advancement at the University of California, Irvine. Suzanne is the past Chair and Vice Chair of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO) and has held board roles with District VII of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She is also a certified professional coach.