Dr. Susan Fox Accepts Position as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Westchester Institute for Human Development

March 1, 2016

Dr. Susan Fox

Dr. Susan Fox, Associate Director of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire, has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD). Dr. Fox will assume this leadership position on June 20, 2016.

Dr. Fox currently serves as Associate Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, a University Center for Excellence in Disability (UCED). She is also the Co-Director for the Center on Aging and Community Living at the University of New Hampshire. She serves on the NH Governor’s Commission on Medicaid Care Management as well as several community boards including Board President of the Office of Public Guardian.

While at the Institute on Disability, Dr. Fox has managed a number of research projects, including the NH Balancing Incentive Program – a federal grant intended to create new and improve existing systems that will make it easier for people to access and use long-term services and supports in their communities. As the Associate Director of the IOD, Dr. Fox managed a number of initiatives including the development of the most recent five-year strategic plan.

“The impact of Sue’s exceptional career in New Hampshire will be felt for years,” says IOD Director Charles Drum. “She has led a variety of initiatives that have had a tremendous impact on the lives of older adults and individuals with disabilities and their families. While the IOD is pleased that Sue’s professional excellence and compassion has been recognized by WIHD, she will be sorely missed by the IOD and we congratulate her in her new role."

As President and CEO of WIHD, Dr. Fox will provide leadership and direction toward achieving WIHD’s mission and strategic goals. She will oversee the long-term vision and the implementation of the work of WIHD, including maintaining an on-going relationship with New York Medical College.

“It is with mixed emotions that I leave the IOD but look forward to this new opportunity to work with the staff, board, partners and stakeholders of WIHD,” Fox says. I have been privileged to work with and learn from all of the dedicated and passionate staff of the IOD and anticipate that there will be many opportunities for ongoing collaborations in my new role.”

The Westchester Institute for Human Development is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) dedicated to improving lives of people with disabilities through education, service, and research. The Institute works to advance policies and practices that ensure the health and self-determination among people of all ages with disabilities, and the safety and well-being of vulnerable children. Learn more at www.wihd.org.

The Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. Its mission is to promote full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons by strengthening communities and advancing policy and systems change, promising practices, education, and research.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.