Upper Delta
Occupation:
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Professions and Interim Dean, College of Education & Behavioral Science at Arkansas State University
Originally from: Atchison, Kansas
Home now: Jonesboro

When Philadelphia-based Susan Hanrahan came to Jonesboro as a consultant to Arkansas State University, she was surprised by what she found. Not only did she find it hard to leave—which she hasn’t—but she found there to be a surprising level of economic development going on. It didn’t take her long to also discover the lower cost of living, the excellent health care, the kind people and the Arkansas State Parks she now frequents. “I know it’s The Natural State, but it’s also a land of opportunity for both work and play. Even after 20 years, there’s still lots to do.”

Insider Knowledge

Your Town in Three Words:
  • progressive/teamwork-oriented/family-friendly
Best Place to eat:
  • The locally owned ethnic restaurants
Best Local Events:
  • The monthly Alive After 5
One Thing Everyone Must Do:
  • ASU NCAA-Division I athletic events
Best Day Trip:
  • Drive the Arkansas Delta Byways