Suahil Housholder Named to Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023 List


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University Vice President for Finance Suahil Housholder was recently named to Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders in Education list. Housholder’s professional background and career track record were evaluated, resulting in her placement among the top women executives and leaders.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to have been recognized as one of The Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023 by Women We Admire,” said Housholder. “This award holds special significance as it not only celebrates the accomplishments of women in the field of education but also underscores the progress that women have made in leadership roles in the academic world.”

This award highlights the accomplishments of women who are at the helm of diverse educational institutions across the nation. Nominees come from a broad spectrum of organizations, spanning from small liberal arts colleges to the nation’s largest public universities, including Ivy League institutions, and beyond.

Housholder, who has also served as AU’s assistant vice president for finance and assistant treasurer, holds two degrees from Anderson University (Bachelor of Arts in accounting and Master of Business Administration), and is pursuing a Doctor of Education at Ball State University.

“I believe that diversity in educational leadership is crucial for fostering adaptability and meeting the evolving needs of our society,” said Housholder. “I am committed to continuing my service to Anderson University and to the broader field of higher education, striving to further the mission of our institution and support the growth and development of future generations.” 

Housholder arrived at AU as a 16-year-old international student from the Cayman Islands. She began her AU employment as a student worker, and after seven years in the private sector post-graduation, returned to Anderson University as a budget accountant. 

Prior to being hired as controller and assistant treasurer, Housholder served as chief accountant in the business office and business manager in business and auxiliary services under the supervision of the vice president for finance.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.