Suzanne Cole

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Meet Suzanne Cole: Past President of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art

Suzanne Cole was born in the suburbs of Chicago, received her BA in education from William Jewel College in Liberty Missouri and completed her graduate work at Purdue University. After Suzanne and Cecil Cole were married, they moved to Danville, Illinois to be near Cecil’s job. Danville is also important because this is the place where the Coles first son was born and where Suzanne’s interest in community programs and service began.

The Coles then moved to West Lafayette Indiana where they resided for the next 17 years. A daughter and son were born there. Although a young wife and mother rearing her children, Suzanne taught in the Education Department at Purdue University and she became involved in the Art Museum of West Lafayette fulfilling a life long interest in the visual arts.

Always on the move, the Coles settled in South Bend Indiana. Suzanne became an administrator for the Penn-Harris-Madison School System for the next six years. She also taught critical and creative thinking at Indiana University South Bend while serving as a consultant to the Indiana  Department of Education. She was also an independent consultant for critical and creative thinking and gifted education.

Another move to Muncie Indiana followed and this gave Suzanne the opportunity to serve in the community. Among the organizations that showed her varied interests were The Art Museum at Ball State University, the board of the Muncie Symphony and President of the hospital auxiliary.

After Cecil retired the Coles returned to the South Bend area. Suzanne again became involved in the community. Besides her extensive participation at the Snite as a docent, Friends board member and now as Friends president, this native Midwesterner serves on the Art League, South Bend Symphony board, the Symphony League and the South Bend Garden Club.

As Friends president, Suzanne views the Snite Museum of Art as a community treasure and believes it should be an inspiration to art lovers in this area. She intends to promote the many offerings at the Snite including the new Sculpture Garden to the Michiana area and wants to draw the community to the Snite to share her love of art.

Suzanne and Cecil live in southern Michigan on the Indiana border by the Knollwood Golf course. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of three grandchildren.

- Celeste Ringuette, President Emerita, Friends of the Snite