Susan Cates is Chief Executive Officer of ACUE. For more than two decades, Ms. Cates has led growth and innovation in education through her work as an advisor, investor and business leader, with extensive experience within and in partnership with universities around the world. Cates has served as an advisor to public and private universities, education service companies and investors, and was previously the Chief Operating Officer of 2U, Inc., where she led a number of core functions critical to the growth of 2U’s university partner programs, including content production, technology, data analytics, marketing and student and faculty support.
Prior to her tenure at 2U, Cates served as President of Executive development at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and as founding Executive Director of MBA@UNC, the school’s ground-breaking online MBA program. She joined UNC Kenan-Flagler following over a decade of investing in and advising education companies as part of investment firms and banks in New York, Dallas and Atlanta.
A North Carolina native, Ms. Cates earned her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler and her BA in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. She serves as the Lead Independent Director of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee for Primo Water Corporation, and as Co-Chair of the nominating and governance committee for the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Board of Advisors.