Rollins College

Rollins College Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

April 30, 2009

Contact:  Ann Marie Varga • • 407-646-2159

Winter Park, Fla. (April 30, 2009) – The Rollins College Board of Trustees has elected Susan Whealler Johnston and Philip Tiedtke to three-year terms.

Susan Whealler Johnston is executive vice president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) in Washington, DC. AGB is a higher education association dedicated to the support of more than 50,000 men and women who offer leadership to American colleges and universities through volunteer service as trustees.  As executive vice president, Johnston is responsible for fiscal management of the association, strategic planning, and the day-to-day management of the office. With the president, she helps set public policy direction for the higher education association. Johnston joined the AGB staff in 2000 and has directed a number of national projects since that time, including a study of governing boards’ responsibilities for academic affairs and the board’s responsibility for fund-raising.  She currently directs a multi-year project on college costs.  Prior to joining AGB, Johnston served on the faculty of Rockford College for 18 years teaching courses in 18th-century English literature, American literature, and composition and communications. She earned her master’s degree, with honors, and Ph.D. in 18th-century British literature from Purdue University and her bachelor’s degree in English, summa cum laude, from Rollins College.  She also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Rockford College.

Philip Tiedtke is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eastgate Farms and Shawnee Farms, producers of sugar, citrus and produce in South Florida.  He is an owner and on the board of the Sugar Cane Grower’s Cooperative of Florida, a parent company to Domino Foods Inc., the world’s largest sugar refiner.  Tiedtke received his bachelor's degree in communications from Stanford University in 1973 and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 1976.  He is past partner of European merchant bank Schoeller & Co., past CEO of Abatar Toys and Traveltheater and has served on a variety of boards for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  Tiedtke founded the Florida Film Festival and is currently chairman of Enzian Theater.

Founded in 1885, Rollins is Florida’s oldest recognized college, and is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's best colleges.” The College of Arts & Sciences offers full-time undergraduate programs in the liberal arts. The Hamilton Holt School serves the Central Florida community by offering exceptional undergraduate and graduate degree programs during evenings and weekends to students diverse in age, experience and professional development. The Crummer Graduate School of Business is consistently ranked by Forbes magazine among the best business schools for return on investment, and Forbes recently ranked the MBA program No. 1 overall in Florida.


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