Top 50 Under 40 Susan Kolb

This year OED is recognizing and celebrating Frederick County’s young professionals who are leaders in their industry, give back to the community and add significant value to their company and its culture.  Join us as we get to know our Top 50 Under 40.

Susan Kolb, 34
Director of Athletics
Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick

Dr. Susan Kolb is a multi-sport athlete, and competed at the college and semi-professional levels.  Kolb has a B.S. in elementary education, master’s degree in instructional leadership, and Ph.D. in athletic administration.  She has worked in coaching and athletic administration at the Division I and III levels. 

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

To date my greatest accomplishment has been successful offering competition to 24 athletic teams in the spring semester of 2021 while COVID-19 threatened to eliminate all opportunities for our student-athletes to compete.   

Name one award you are most proud to have received.

I was awarded the Dr. Bryan E. Lindsay award, which was an award in honor of “Doc Lindsay”, who was a cherished faculty member among colleagues and students. Students nominate faculty and staff for this award who, like Doc Lindsay, go above and beyond their call of duty. 

What is your experience with volunteering and civic engagement?

Locally, I serve on the Patty Hurwitz Foundation committee, and I am a member of the Blue & Grey club at Hood College.  Internationally, I have attended and co-led mission trips to Italy, Bolivia, and Chile.  Domestically, I have attended mission trips to Louisiana, and Iowa.

Most recently, I’ve volunteered at Frederick’s Out of Darkness Walk, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, and Bring a Broom Saturday in downtown Frederick. 

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Who is your greatest influence?

My mom.  She was one of the best in her field, which was also education.  She has been an incredible role model for me, which gives me tools in my career that many others may not have.

What is your favorite leadership book?

Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg.  Sheryl is a pioneer for women in leadership roles and this book provides tips and concepts for women to utilize when growing in their profession.

What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute to your success and why?

Work ethic.  I have not always been the best athletes on teams or the 4.0 student, but I've almost always been the hardest working.  Hard work compensates for other deficiencies.