Alumni Spotlight | Sue Perdue Duff ’85

Sue Perdue Duff ’85

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Sue Perdue Duff grew up hearing about Bridgewater College. A member of the Church of the Brethren, she came to campus one weekend for a youth event and loved it. She also chose Bridgewater to take advantage of the smaller campus and community.

She fondly remembers interacting with her professors and fellow students. She majored in sociology with a concentration in business and was actively involved campus activities, working in the admissions office and assisting with new student orientation.

After her graduation in 1985, she married her college sweetheart, Hal Duff ’84. They moved to Winchester, Va., where she worked for a retirement community for eight years. After staying home with her two daughters for a time, she started volunteering at their elementary school, followed by substitute teaching. Duff is now in her 17th year as a substitute teacher for Frederick County. “From a different classroom each day to long term positions, I appreciate the challenge of different age groups, classrooms and disciplines. I learn something new every day, and find that 30 years later, I am still using my liberal arts education while working in the classroom,” she said.

Duff and her husband return to campus often to attend football games, catch up with friends and see what’s new at BC. As a current member of the BC Alumni Association board of directors, she enjoys connecting with her fellow alumni and assisting with events. She continues to treasure the friendships she made at Bridgewater and has kept alive to this day. She commented, “Bridgewater College for me has always been more than the academics. It is the entire learning experience offered by the College. While at BC, I gained confidence in public speaking, learned to live and work with a variety of personalities, and honed my organizational skills. All of that, combined with the core academics, prepared me for life and work beyond the campus.”

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