Wellness Center Welcomes First Director in December

Suzy Harrington, who will assume this role Dec. 7, comes to Tech from Oklahoma State University.

Georgia Tech welcomes its first director of the newly formed Center for Community Health and Wellbeing to campus next month.

Suzy Harrington, who will assume this role Dec. 7, comes to Tech from Oklahoma State University, where she served as chief wellness officer. Harrington’s responsibilities at Tech will include overseeing the Campus Recreation Center, Stamps Health Services, and Health Promotion. 

“I love the commitment Georgia Tech has made to the health and well-being of its students and employees,” Harrington said. “I am very impressed with the caliber of people who currently support community health and well-being and the services provided. I look forward to working together to take Georgia Tech’s mental, physical, emotional, social, and professional wellness to the next level.”

Prior to her time at Oklahoma State, Harrington directed the Department for Health, Safety, and Wellness for the American Nurses Association and was an adjunct professor. She began her career as a nurse with the U.S. Air Force and has served in nursing and administrative roles with various government and health care organizations. 

Harrington earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Angelo State, a master’s degree in health services from California College for Health Sciences, and a doctor of nursing practice from Rush University. Her doctoral program included a concentration in health care business and leadership with a focus on health promotion and population health.  

“Suzy brings the passion and leadership that Tech needs in this newly created position,” said Paul Strouts, vice president of Campus Services. “Her experience will be critical in helping define the new organization and in aligning people, programs, and funding for maximum effectiveness.”

The Center for Community Health and Wellbeing was established in January of this year to create a holistic and inclusive approach to campus wellness. To that end, Tech also added two full-time victim survivor advocates to its Health Promotion team this fall. 

Learn more about Tech’s campus wellness efforts at communityhealth.gatech.edu.