Vice President of External Affairs
Suzanne M. Wetzel directs the development of community partnerships for the institution as vice president of external affairs. Wetzel brings extensive experience to the new position at Bergen, having served Monroe County Community College (Michigan) in a variety of outreach and development roles during her 36-year career there. Wetzel began her career as Monroe’s director of community relations and continued in that role until becoming the director of institutional advancement and the inaugural executive director of the college foundation. For the last 12 years, Wetzel served as Monroe’s vice president of administration and treasurer, concluding her 36-year career at the college earlier this month. She remained an active member of civic, government and community groups throughout her life in Michigan, serving on the ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Board of Directors, Monroe County Chamber of Commerce and as a councilperson for the municipality. While at Monroe, Wetzel also contributed to the continuous improvement of higher education institutions through her work as a peer reviewer and team chair with the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting agency for midwestern colleges. Wetzel earned a B.A. in broadcast and cinematic arts/journalism from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in public relations from Michigan State University.