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Major General Susan Lewellyn Pamerleau --
2009 Outstanding Alumna
Bachelor of Arts 1968 Sociology
Retired Major General Susan Lewellyn Pamerleau gave 32 years of service to the United States Air Force.
Her degree from UW laid the foundation for Pamerleau’s careers in the USAF and corporate America. “Most important was understanding people and how organizations work. My liberal arts education was the underpinning that helped me in every situation in which I found myself,” she says.
Pamerleau spent her early years with the USAF in support operations and then served in the Pentagon. As part of the International Military Staff for NATO in Brussels, Belgium, she advised the NATO Military Committee and the North Atlantic Council on various topics. She served in personnel management positions in Washington D.C., and Texas and commanded the AFROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas.
Pamerleau continued her education at JFK School of Government at Harvard University and J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
After retiring from the Air Force, she joined the United Services Automobile Association (USAA), where she served as a senior vice president until 2007.
Currently, she is a trustee of the Air Force Aid Society and chairs the Board of Trustees for the Arnold Air Society & Silver Wings, a service organization for AFROTC and USAF Academy cadets. She works in Texas as an independent contractor providing consultant services for human resources planning and customer service.