Harris, herself, graduated from Duke University and pursued a thirty year career as an immunologist in Amish communities in Indiana and Wisconsin. She conducted histocompatibility studies for transplantation. Today she serves these same communities in a much different way. She is the owner of Amish Artisans, Inc which markets their furniture, crafts, and toys. She is a co-owner of Canaan Properties which owns their blue cheese and gorgonzola plant in Salemville, Wisconsin. She currently serves on other nonprofit boards focusing on education and childhood issues and is a former trustee and alumna of Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ.
Upon learning that Mrs. Harris had accepted the invitation to join the ENHP Board of Visitors, College Dean Ralph O. Mueller expressed his delight as he shared the news with members of the College. “I am thrilled that Mrs. Susan Harris, a longtime supporter of the University of Hartford and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, has agreed to join the College's Board of Visitors. Given her passion for the education and health fields, I am confident Susan will become a key contributor to the Board's discussions.”