Susan Hacking joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in April, taking on a newly-created position: Senior Manager of Communications and Alumni Affairs. In that capacity, she will develop a communications strategy and oversee the school’s communications, both internal and external. She will also interface with alumni volunteers and coordinate the Wilbur Cross Medal events.
“I hope to develop interesting and engaging communications that are both informative and timely, and enable our students, faculty, and alumni to feel connected with the Graduate School,” says Hacking. “Starting in April gave me the opportunity to meet and work with our talented and dedicated GSAA Board, the AYA, and alumni on the ‘Where Do I Go from Yale Day?’; and I look forward to supporting them in developing and delivering more programming over the coming year.”
Born and raised in Bournemouth, England, she earned her undergraduate degree in Law from Southbank University, London, and her postgraduate degree in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, England. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 and earned a master's degree in Communications Management from Syracuse University.
Before joining the Graduate School, Hacking worked at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where she produced strategic global, internal, and external communications; managed highly successful marketing campaigns; and planned large-scale events. She has also worked with non-profits such as the American Red Cross, the National Museum of Science & Industry in London, and at the Inns of Court School of Law, also in London.
Hacking lives with her husband, Michael, a Fellow in Product Safety at Pratt & Whitney, her two step-sons (Noah and Austin), and two dogs (Bushmills and Carie) in Vernon, Connecticut. She enjoys traveling, hiking, book club discussions (over wine!), yoga, and training Carie in agility.
“I feel very grateful for the opportunity to work at Yale and the Graduate School,” she says. “Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful. It’s obvious to me that the team here is passionate about making the Graduate School the very best place for our students and alumni.”