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Leadership Center Director Leaves VMI for Washington

FullTextImage/img/@altCapt. Susan Rabern has left VMI to take up a position with the federal government. -- VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington.

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 13, 2013 – Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Susan Rabern was sworn in Monday as assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller.

Rabern was the first director of VMI’s Center for Leadership and Ethics, appointed in 2011 and serving until she took up her new duties this week. She had been the center’s deputy director since 2009.

Retired Air Force Col. Dave Miller, director of VMI international programs, is acting as director of the center during the ongoing search for a new director.

At the center Rabern oversaw the establishment of the biennial VMI Leadership Conference and conferences on East-West and Chinese-African relations. Also during her tenure, the first of three STEM conferences and annual Environment Virginia symposiums drew hundreds of visitors to the VMI post.

Rabern also oversaw the founding of several cadet leadership programs, including the Leader-In-Residence and Leadership Book programs.

Prior to serving at VMI Rabern was deputy director for the Office of Military Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development.