Susan Wills is an outstanding business manager for the School of Education, an excellent role model and mentor to staff and students, and widely respected among her peers, said Ms Cecil Smith, Dean of the School.
“With 25 years of experience, she is the ‘dean’ of business leaders at SIU Carbondale – highly skilled, with an in-depth knowledge of budgeting and a critical understanding of university policy, and she is a trusted advisor to the Dean “Smith said. .
Get to know Susan Wills
Last name: Susan Wills
Department and job title: School of Education, Business Leader II
Years at SIU Carbondale: More than 27
Give us the elevator pitch for your work.
As a business manager, I am responsible for managing and/or overseeing human resources, payroll, accounting, and purchasing of our school’s operations.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My job is demanding and very busy. I like the high volume and the challenges that come with the job. I also like problem solving. It is very rewarding to find solutions and improve organizations. I firmly believe that my strengths are improving processes and procedures as a manager.
Why did you choose the SIU?
Honestly, I think SIU chose me. I came to SIU as a student, undergraduate special education student. I married my husband in 1993 after graduating from SIU. At that time, I was a full-time student working in Human Resources (HR) as a student employee. Full-time job opportunities quickly opened up there, and I loved the work and training I did there. So when I was asked to apply, I did. Before too long, my husband and I decided to have a child, and my career moved forward and I was promoted to HR. Later, I moved to the College of Education and Human Services and was promoted several times there as well. I loved my job, my colleagues and the SIU! I chose SIU after he chose me, and I never looked back. It’s a great career! I am approaching retirement this year, towards the end of 2021, and I am very grateful to the SIU and all my memorable years here.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ___ when I grew up.
I wanted to be a lawyer when I grew up. I don’t know exactly why it was one of my dreams. Maybe it’s because I always think I’m right about everything (or so I’m told). Being a lawyer would have suited my personality.
The world needs…
The world must promote individual responsibility. It’s a simple phrase but one that I’ve always tried to form myself. I think everyone is responsible for their own successes and failures.