Susan M. Merritt

Dean Emeritus, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University

Susan M. Merritt, dean emeritus, was the founding dean of Pace University's Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and remains a professor of computer science. Founded in 1983, the school was recently the recipient of a $15 million endowment and was renamed for the donor, Ivan G. Seidenberg, the CEO of Verizon, Inc. The School has some 1,500 students studying computer science, information systems, networking and telecommunications, information technology, information assurance and security from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. Under Dean Merritt's leadership, more than 20 educational programs and several research centers were developed in computing.

Dr. Merritt received the PhD and the MS in computer science from New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She received the BA from the Catholic University of America where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude. She has published more than 100 contributions to the computing literature in computer science as well as in the social and educational issues related to information technology. She is the recipient of an IEEE Computing Society Service Award, the Carol S. Russett Award for Distinguished Service conferred by the American Council in Education (ACE) National Women's Leadership Network and was on the cover and author of the cover story “Women in Computing,” in Westchester Women's News.