Human Resources

Employee Spotlight Suzanne Boussaard

Suzanne Boussaard

Office Manager
Military Science

“Everything always works out for the best and usually better than you could have planned.”

Suzanne works in the Military Science Department as an Office Manager. Military Science is an academic department that provides Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) instruction at WIU. ROTC cadets go directly to college where they earn their degree. Suzanne serves as the only civilian employee in the department. Her responsibilities include interacting and assisting the 150-2200 students in the ROTC program currently. She is a liaison between Western and the US Army. Suzanne advises students on university policies that they must follow. She oversees the Commissioning Ceremonies which are held three times per year as well as overseeing the Military Ball in the spring. Suzanne is in charge of the departmental budget, scholarship funds, and foundation funds.

Suzanne’s WIU journey began for her in 1994 working in Academic Computing (currently U-Tech). She then went to WESL (International Studies). In 1998 she moved away due to her husband’s employment. Two years later, she returned to Western working for one year in University Housing & Dining Services, then promoted to Education and Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2007, she began in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, before accepting the position in Military Science.

Working with the cadets/students and interacting with them is a favorite part of Suzanne’s job. She shared, “I like helping to make a difference in their military career. I see them grow over the years. It is very inspiring that students 18 and 19 years old know what they want and work hard to achieve their goals. It is very rewarding!”

One of Suzanne’s most memorable experiences at WIU was the first time she attended a Commissioning Ceremony. This is when cadets finish four years in the ROTC Program. They are then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the US Army. Seeing them go through the gateway of college to career is amazing! I like knowing that I had a small part in their success.

Everyone always remembers their first supervisor, and Suzanne credits Pat McGovern-her first supervisor as someone who helped start her career at Western. Additionally, Bob Pesek, then the Director of WESL was another individual that encouraged her in her work with international students.

Suzanne enjoys attending many different events at WIU outside of her work. She likes coming to the sporting events and theatre productions. “It’s important to support our students in these events,” she shared. In her spare time, she delights in being the grandma of Brevyn (5 years) and Brigham (6 1/2) months); as well as traveling whenever she can.

HR salutes Suzanne Boussaard as one of our many committed Civil Service employees at WIU!