Susan Knesel

Introducing Board Member Susan Knesel!

Susan and her husband, Cliff, began their westward journey in 1973 by moving from New York City to Tempe, Arizona where her husband began his mining career.  This career took them to Rock Springs, Casper, and Grand Junction.  Their move to Gillette in 1983 with their three children was their seventh in ten years and they never expected to stay, but Gillette treated them well.  Cliff worked for Peabody Coal Company and Susan worked for 33 years in Youth Services at the Campbell County Public Library.  Their three children are graduates of Campbell County High School, but to acquire a degree then, they needed to leave Gillette.  Susan herself was finally able to finish a college degree from the University of Wyoming thanks to distance learning.  She has enjoyed watching Campbell County grow into the wonderful community it is today.

Cliff and Susan have been supporters of Gillette College since the beginning when it was located at the old hospital.  She has been on the Gillette College Foundation (GCF) Board for about six months.

Susan has enjoyed many Night at the Theatre events.  2019 was Susan’s first year working the event and the dedication of the foundation members and committees impressed her.  She also had the privilege to attend Scholarship Night this spring and found the students who were awarded scholarships to be hardworking and grateful for the scholarships awarded.  So far, she has enjoyed these two events the most.

Susan had some words of advice for students, as well.  While the work may seem hard at times, it is worth it to have knowledge that will stay with you for a lifetime.  “Education opens doors for a successful life adventure.”

Susan’s favorite thing about Gillette College is the many opportunities it brings for not only the students, but also the community.  “The Energy City Voices, the sporting events, the community programs benefit us all.  We will be training the next generation workforce, too,” she stated.

The Gillette College Foundation is proud to have such a strong supporter in their corner.  Thank you, Susan Knesel!