20 Questions: A sketch of Centre associate director of admission Susan Johnston

RELEASED: June 29, 2006

Susan Johnston with Cara Quilligan and family, Honor Walk 2005 (left) and with daughter Katie at the site of the Circus Maximus in Rome (right)

1. Position/title: Associate Director of Admission.                       
2. Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.
3. Career highlight: receiving an Honor Walk token from Cara Quilligan '05.

4. What brought you to Centre? My husband, Bill, was hired as a math professor in 1988.

5. Favorite/amusing/profound student anecdote? Recently an admission colleague lost her father, and three of our student workers (Whitney Henderson, Kyle Longton, and Barrett Green) came to the visitation. I thought that truly went above and beyond the normal student-staff interaction.
6. Family details: Daughter Katie, 13.
7. Hobbies: Reading, baseball, crossword puzzles, old movies, travel.
8. Pets: Roxy, the black lab, and Tiger, the cat.

9. Prized possession: My collection of P.G. Wodehouse books.

10. Last book read:Snobs by Julian Fellowes, the screenwriter of Gosford Park (see below)—I also love the work of Michael Malone.
11. Memorable trip/vacation: Italy in the summer of '04—got to stay in a villa in the mountains and then in a Lithuanian convent in Rome.

12. Favorite movie:Notorious, Some Like It Hot, Casablanca, Ben-Hur, Emma, Gosford Park.
13. Favorite album:Joe Cool’s Blues (Wynton and Ellis Marsalis playing Charlie Brown music). The soundtrack to Good Night and Good Luck with Dianne Reeves.
14. Favorite food: Chocolate, fried okra (but not together).
15. Favorite smell: Two flowers—irises and peonies.
16. Person you most admire: John and Maryanne Ward.
17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Hugh Laurie, the actor, and Skip Caray, Atlanta Braves announcer.
18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Jane Austen.
19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre: Hopefully sitting at home watching old movies and eating bon bons.

20. Describe yourself in three words: Dependable, creative, quiet.



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