Susan E. Cates
President, UNC Executive Development
Executive Director, MBA@UNC
Susan E. Cates is president of Executive Development at UNC Kenan-Flagler and Executive Director of MBA@UNC, our online degree program. Susan also leads UNC’s efforts as part of the Semester Online consortium. Prior to joining UNC, Susan was a partner with Best Associates, a private equity firm with investments primarily in the education sector, based in Dallas. Her work included acquisitions and projects in Brazil, Colombia, China and the U.S. She worked in investment banking in New York prior to Best Associates, as part of the founding team of ThinkEquity Partners, where she headed up the New York office and ran the education industry banking group, and at Merrill Lynch & Co, where she worked in both the Financial Institutions and Media industry groups. Previously, she worked in corporate lending at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta. A North Carolina native, Susan earned her MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler, where she was a Julian Robertson/Tiger Fellow and a Dean’s Scholar, and her BA from Duke University, where she was a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar.
Susan lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, a musician and psychotherapist, and their young daughter.