Knudsen Joins SUU’s Community Enrichment Team

Published: March 20, 2019 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 2 minutes

Susie Knudsen, SUU Community EducationSouthern Utah University’s Office of Community and Academic Enrichment (CAE) announces the hiring of Susie Knudsen as new assistant director. Knudsen’s responsibilities within the office will include continuing to build community educational programming and furthering the Community on the Go travel program.

As part of her Community Education responsibilities, Knudsen will build the university’s Summer Experience program. This new program will be designed to bring culture-minded tourists to experience Cedar City in the summer and learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy the magnificent scenery, and develop new skills to better enjoy the outdoor opportunities in southern Utah.

“I’m excited to share my love of the outdoors with visitors, and our community, by developing summer classes and experiences that will give individuals and families the opportunity to explore our beautiful area in new ways,” said Knudsen.

Previously, Knudsen worked at Leavitt Group in Cedar City as their public relations specialist for over nine years. Earlier in her career, she gained a strong background in tourism working as a national sales manager for the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Knudsen is involved in the Cedar City community as a coach and marketing chairperson for the Iron Giants Mountain Bike Team, a composite team of middle and high school students in Iron County. She is the East Elementary PTA Reflections chairperson and a past volunteer for the East Elementary First LEGO League Microbots.

SUU CAE Executive Director Melynda Thorpe said Knudsen’s community involvement makes her a perfect fit to help with the many events the office participates in, such as the Larry H. Miller Utah Summer Games Golf Tournament and Party in the Park events.

Knudsen earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from Utah State University in 2000. She fell in love with southern Utah as a freshman at SUU and has called Cedar City home for the past 13 years with her husband Tyler, a geologist at Utah Geological Survey, and their three children. In her free time, Knudsen enjoys spending time outside mountain biking, hiking, and gardening next to her chicken coop.

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