ITE Journal - March 2020 - 22

Mid-Colonial District Administrator
Susan L. Best, P.E. (R)
ITE Retired Fellow Member
Education
Master's in Civil Engineering,
California State University, Los Angeles
Bachelors in Civil Engineering,
University of Delaware

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, ITE is recognizing each of its District Administrators throughout the year in a series of profiles in ITE Journal. Each month,
this column will also feature historical facts and figures on the various Districts,
including important dates and people throughout their history to present day.

Should you broach the subject of her impressive resume, ITE Mid-Colonial District Administrator
Susan L. Best, P.E. (R), has a modest reaction. "Part of it is, I just can't say no," she tells ITE JourProfessional Affiliations
nal with a laugh. "It's just always been something that I do-I just like to get involved with things."
National Society of Professional
Now in her eleventh year as District Administrator, Susan recently received a service award
Engineers (1996-Present)
from the Mid-Colonial District marking her decade-long tenure in the role. Growing up with a
Society of Women Engineers (1975-Present)
father who was actively involved in his profession, Susan remembers vacations based around
American Society of Civil Engineers,
wherever the American Society of Agricultural Engineers conventions were held. Witnessing
(1976-1984, 1989-Present)
his service to that organization, including his term as president in 1979, partly inspired her to
American Society of Highway
be involved with ITE and a variety of other professional organizations.
Engineers, Senior Member, 1986-2018
A Fellow of ITE since 1996, Susan has served in numerous leadership positions in the organization, including Mid-Colonial District Director for the International Board of Direction (IBOD).
When the idea of having a District Administrator came up during her IBOD term, Susan applied
Awards
her meticulous attention to detail, surveying other Districts within ITE that had the position.
Service Recognition Award,
"I actually did a survey of the other Districts and looked at what they had online. I emailed all
ITE Mid-Colonial District - 2019
of the Directors and said, 'How do you define your District Administrators, what roles do they
Hall of Fame, Society of Women Engineers,
have?'...and they sent me whatever documents they had that outlined the role," she says.
Philadelphia Section - 2010
After working with the District board to prepare a job description for the position, it
Transportation Engineer of the Year,
wasn't long until Susan was approached with the suggestion that she take on the job. "Even
American Society of Civil Engineers,
as I was writing the description, I wasn't writing it for me-but I knew I was interested in
Philadelphia Section - 2005
Donald McNeil Award,
doing it," she notes.
ITE Mid-Atlantic Section - 1997
Having served as executive director of the Engineers' Club of Philadelphia from 2010-2014,
among various other leadership roles, Susan brings a wealth of experience to the role of
District Administrator. She says her main responsibility as District Administrator
is "to provide continuity," which is needed as the elected leadership changes
term-to-term. "I'm a resource, particularly with the new revisions of bylaws and
charters, as I've had a lot of experience over the years with that kind of work,"
Susan notes. She also maintains the District's operations manual, and helped
the District achieved and maintain its 501(c)(3) status.
With a career spanning more than four decades, Susan has enjoyed learning
new technologies as they emerge, and puts her computer aptitude to use as
District Administrator. She says having the ability to collaborate via technology
has transformed the entire profession, recalling a time when ITE technical committees conducted business via mail. "It was just harder," she says. "Today the
technology-conference calls, emails, and sharing online-has helped a lot.
Being involved is certainly something I would encourage people to do more."
The Mid-Colonial District is unique in that it only consists of two Sections-
the Mid-Atlantic Section and the Washington, DC Section. The elected board
consists of the secretary/treasurer, vice president, and president, as well as
Susan has enjoyed traveling with her husband since retiring in
2014. This 2018 trip to Alaska marked visiting their 50th state.
International Director and past president, and an elected representative from
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