Dr. Susan Crosby Scrimshaw

Title: Past President
Company: The Sage Colleges
Location: Campton, New Hampshire, United States

Susan Scrimshaw, Past President at The Sage Colleges, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1967 from Barnard College in New York, Dr. Scrimshaw followed with a Master of Arts in 1969 from Columbia University. She continued her education with a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology in 1974 from Columbia University. 

After gaining an introduction to academia as a research associate from 1969 to 1975 with the International Institute for Study of Human Reproduction, Dr. Scrimshaw excelled as an assistant professor of health administration with Columbia University in 1975. She then provided superior education as an assistant professor with the Public Health Division of Population, Family and International Health with the School of Public Health and an associate professor in the Division of Population and Family Health with the University of California, Los Angeles from 1975 to 1985. 

Dr. Scrimshaw flourished as an associate director of the Latin America Center from 1984 to 1988 and professor of public health and anthropology from 1988 to 1996 with the University of California, Los Angeles, where she served as chair for its Department of Public Health from 1988 to 1989 and associate dean for academic programs from 1988 to 1984 and acting dean from 1991 to 1993. 

From 1995 to 2006, Dr. Scrimshaw made an impact as dean and professor of community health sciences and anthropology with the University Illinois School Public Health in Chicago and as president of Simmons College in Boston from 2006 to 2009. She has served as interim president and then president from 2009 to 2017 of The Sage Colleges, a private educational institution comprising three institutions in New York State: Russell Sage College, a women’s college in Troy; Sage College of Albany, a co-educational college in Albany; and the Sage Graduate School, which operated both in Troy and in Albany. 

Growing up in Guatemala, where her father, a food scientist, was setting up a nutrition research institute for the World Health Organization and seeing the conditions in the country inspired dr. Scrimshaw to venture into medical anthropology. The fact that she was bilingual and bicultural also contributed to her career choice, as her family moved to Guatemala when she was three and did not return to the United States until she turned 16. Her mother was a nutritional anthropologist, and Dr. Scrimshaw and her mother and father all worked together later in her career. 

As her career highlight, Dr. Scrimshaw cites her study on pregnancy in diverse women, particularly Latino and African American women in Los Angeles, which demonstrated the impact of races on stress and pregnancy outcomes, which earned her a place at the National Academy of Medicine.  

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