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Baxter Honored for Alcohol Prevention Work


On May 15 the Coalition of Healthy and Safe Campus Communities (CHASCo) honored Dr. Susanna L. Baxter for her statewide efforts in alcohol, other drug, and violence prevention at the collegiate level. CHASCo has created the Susanna L. Baxter Alcohol, Drug, and Violence Prevention in Higher Education Award to recognize the years of service that Baxter has offered to the prevention field in the state of Tennessee. The award will be given biennially to recognize an individual in the State who, like Baxter, has volunteered his or her time and energy to achieve positive results in the area of alcohol and other drug and violence prevention.


Baxter is the chief operating officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) in Nashville. As a former dean of students and a leader in Tennessee’s private higher education sector, Baxter was instrumental in establishing CHASCo as a proactive, statewide resource for colleges and their surrounding communities to combat alcohol and drug abuse and the violence often associated with it.

“As a natural outgrowth of the statewide relationships that Susanna has developed and her interest and commitment to prevention work, she was able to mobilize a diverse group of individuals to address this area of important need,” said TICUA President Claude O. Pressnell. “CHASCo is one of the most successful public and private higher education collaboratives in the State.”


By bringing together campus leaders from 24 public and private college campuses, CHASCo under Baxter’s leadership has had a profound impact on reducing substance abuse and preventing violence statewide. Since its inception in 2002, CHASCo has received more than $350,000 from state and federal grants to enable campuses to better assess prevalence of and reduce alcohol and drug misuse and abuse on college campuses. CHASCo has offered eleven training sessions to staff on its member campuses on cutting-edge, research-based prevention tools including motivational interviewing and social norming. “The success of CHASCo is the result of many hours of dedicated work on the part of Susanna Baxter.  Through Susanna’s leadership in CHASCo, campuses have seen a dramatic increase in the training and support of their alcohol and other drug professionals,” said Lisa Macke, Chairperson of CHASCo and Director of Counseling Services at Cumberland University.


The Coalition for Healthy and Safe-Campus Communities (CHASCo) in collaboration with public and private higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies works to implement evidence-based, environmental strategies to decrease under-age and high-risk drinking across the state of Tennessee. For more information, visit their website: www.tnchasco.org/


TICUA engages Tennessee's private colleges and universities to work collaboratively in areas of public policy, cost containment, and professional development to better serve the state and its citizens.  For more information about TICUA, please visit our website at www.ticua.org