Susan Gulbransen Joins AUSB Board of Trustees

Susan Gulbransen

Accomplished writer, tireless volunteer, and experienced board member Susan Miles Gulbransen has joined the Board of Trustees at AUSB.

Gulbransen co-founded the restoration project for the Granada Theatre, which re-opened in 2008, and served as President of the Board for six years. She also co-founded the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival, which ran for eight years. Most recently, she served as President of the KDB/FM radio board, part of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and participated in the sale of the station in part to KCRW.

“We are so delighted to welcome Susan as a Trustee of AUSB,” said Board Chair Vicki Riskin. “She has been a tireless supporter of the Santa Barbara community for many years and brings a great deal of valuable board expertise to our team at a very important time for the University.”

In recognition of her dedicated community service efforts, Gulbransen was named the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Woman of the Year in 2004 and received the Santa Barbara News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

“We are so delighted that Susan has joined our Board of Trustees at Antioch,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “She has a stellar record of volunteerism and leadership in the Santa Barbara community, and her contributions will make a terrific addition to our already talented board.”

Gulbransen has served as an officer or member on numerous local boards, including CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation); Santa Barbara Foundation; Montecito Educational Foundation; Santa Barbara Public Education Foundation; and the University of California, Santa Barbara History Associates Board, a notable board as Gulbransen earned her M.A. in History from UCSB.

“AUSB offers astounding, rich resources for students and our community. Antioch is changing, growing, and making its visions for the future come true,” Gulbransen said. “When asked to join the board, it felt right and exciting. I find myself sharing the enthusiasm and passion for Antioch with other board members and supporters.”

Following 21 years of writing book reviews and a weekly literary column for the News-Press, when it was owned by The New York Times Company, Gulbransen currently freelances and teaches nonfiction writing at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She pens the Beyond Books column for the electronic newspaper Noozhawk, continues to publish poems and short stories in small literary publications, and is currently working on a novel.