Suri Duitch is dean of the Tulane University School of Professional Advancement. Dr. Duitch also holds the additional title of vice president for academic innovation.
She joined Tulane from the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university system, where she was an administrator from 2004 to 2016. At CUNY, she was University Dean for Continuing Education and Workforce Development, as well as the deputy to the senior university dean for academic affairs. Her portfolio there included continuing education, workforce development, adult literacy and language courses, programs for students on public assistance, several student employment initiatives and special projects, such as CUNY’s Early Childhood Professional Development Institute as well as its Creative Arts Team.
Prior to joining CUNY, she held public policy and program oversight positions in New York City government agencies, and worked with nonprofits and private foundations to conduct research and advocate for public policy proposals in areas such as the arts and economic development, and children’s health and mental health services.
She began her career as a public policy advocate – working in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office on welfare reform policy, supporting the development of public policy in human services, and developing initiatives to serve children with severe mental health needs in New York City and state. She then moved on to work with a range of nonprofits and private foundations on a consultant basis, with a particular focus on the role of the arts in spurring local economic development. While in New York City government, she oversaw workforce development policies affecting unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers.
Dr. Duitch holds a B.A. in English literature from Columbia College, Columbia University, an M.S.W. in community organizing from Hunter College–CUNY, and a Ph.D. in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center.
She lives in New Orleans with her husband and two children.