Homewood-Flossmoor will welcome a Class of 1982 alumna, the Honorable Susan D. Page, back to campus on Monday, April 24. Page is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at that evening’s National Honor Society (NHS) 2017 induction ceremony, where more than 100 seniors will receive their honor cords and approximately 140 underclassmen will pledge to become part of NHS.
Once America’s first ambassador to South Sudan, Page currently serves as the Deputy Special Representative for Rule of Law in the United Nations’ Stabilization Mission in Haiti. She previously served as the U.S. Charge d’Affaires to the African Union and Acting Permanent Representative to the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, and was a Senior Advisor in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. She also once led the Security Governance Initiative team for Ghana. From 2009-11, Page served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, covering central Africa, southern Africa and Sudan. From 2002-05, she was Legal Adviser to the IGAD Secretariat for Peace in Sudan and headed the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission for Sudan's Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit in Khartoum, Sudan. She also served as Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Page began her career at the U.S. Department of State in 1991 and served as Attorney-Adviser for Politico-Military Affairs (1991-93) and as Regional Legal Adviser in Kenya and Botswana, covering East and Southern Africa (1993-98) and as Political Officer in Rwanda from 1999-2001. She has also worked for the U.N. Development Programme as a Legal Expert.
She holds an A.B. in English with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland and Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she conducted research on children and women’s rights to inheritance through a Rotary International post-graduate fellowship. While a student at H-F, she was an active member of H-F’s Viking Choir and Speech Club.
She will address students and members of the H-F community at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s Mall Auditorium. The school has been inviting successful alumni to speak at its NHS ceremonies for the past several years as a way to inspire current students. Past keynote speakers have included the Honorable Andrew Schapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic; Edward Monser, president of Emerson Electric; and Quintin Primo III, chairman/CEO of Capri Investment Group.
NHS is a national organization established in 1921 to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. Today, it is estimated that more than 1 million students participate in activities of the NHS. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but also challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. At H-F, the club is sponsored by Dave Kush, the school’s department chair of Assessment.