Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett


First Lady Susan Corbett
Susan Manbeck Corbett became the 44th First Lady of Pennsylvania when her husband Tom Corbett, was sworn in as Governor of Pennsylvania on January 18, 2011.

Susan was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and grew up in Pine Grove, Schuylkill County. Susan met Tom Corbett in 1968 while attending Lebanon Valley College. After dating for several years, Tom and Susan married in 1972. Susan began her career at Northern Lebanon School District where she taught Senior High English for one year before moving to San Antonio, Texas. She then worked as a legal secretary while Tom earned his degree from St. Mary’s Law School. After her two children, Tom and Kate, were born, Susan dedicated several years to staying home and raising a family. Her compassion and commitment to those she loves is what make Susan such a supportive wife, nurturing mother and genuine friend.

Susan resumed her professional career in 1990 as a special projects manager for the President’s Office at Carnegie Museums and the Director’s Office of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. She served as Assistant Producer and then Executive Director of Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures, a nationally-recognized literary arts organization. From 2006 to 2010, Susan served as Vice President for Programs and Development for the Gettysburg Foundation, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service that works to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg.

She is currently the Chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a trustee of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, an ex officio member of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Board of Trustees and a commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Susan also serves as the Honorary Chair of the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Celebration and as the Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition Annual Conference.

As First Lady, Susan is also passionate about promoting the commonwealth’s unique historical and cultural attractions as Pennsylvania’s First Tourist. In this role Susan visits and recommends must-see museums, important historic locations and one-of-a-kind attractions found only in Pennsylvania.

The First Lady has also begun the Opening Doors initiative, which aims to increase the number of students who graduate from high school on time by focusing on middle school students. Awareness is an important first step to combating this critical issue and the First Lady hopes the Opening Doors initiative will help in that fight.

The Corbetts have been married for 39 years. They enjoy the company of their two Airedales, Penny and Harry. In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening, cooking and reading.