Apr. 1, 2016

We congratulate Suzanne on her 2016 President's Achievement Award!

Burchfield, horticulturalist and crew leader in the Landscape Grounds Shop, now in her 16th year at Princeton, heads a team dedicated to managing and tending the University’s numerous plantings. On any given day, Suzanne can usually be found working side by side with her crew, on her knees planting, trimming, weeding or mulching.

Suzanne Burchfield
On snowy days she joins her crew in the demanding task of shoveling, de-icing and sanding all the places on campus where plows can’t be used. "I usually get exhausted just watching her as I pass by," says Mark Wilson, program manager for the Office of Design and Construction. Suzanne’s extensive background in horticulture, which includes a degree from the University of Rhode Island, makes her a great teacher as well. Every summer, she trains a new group of student employees for horticultural work, imparting knowledge, demonstrating proper methods and techniques, and patiently forming these young people into a cohesive team. Suzanne truly leads by example, and the results of her efforts are evident for all to see. As Sean Joyner, deputy director of Design and Construction, puts it, "It is difficult to imagine what the Princeton campus would look like without Suzanne's keen eye and energetic approach."

Read the full Princeton employees honored for dedication and service article