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High Profile: Susan Bonesteel Harriman

Experienced ex-Texan takes over new collaborative initiative with a strategy to improve public education in Arkansas.

By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published October 2, 2016 at 2:12 a.m.

“We want to transform Arkansas into one of the top, leading states in the country in education. … We want to flip the statistics. It’s a very bold goal, but it’s achievable.”

“Her greatest gift is execution. She can implement a project better than practically anybody I’ve ever seen.” — Vicki Saviers, chairman of the board a...

SELF PORTRAIT

Susan Harriman

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 19, 1961, Harlingen, Texas

• FAVORITE CUISINE: Japanese

• FAVORITE JUNK FOOD: Cheetos

• THE MENU FOR MY LAST MEAL: Beef Stroganoff

• I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT EAT yellow mustard.

• FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Chuy's, Layla's, Terrace on the Green, Sky -- I think Sky has the best Japanese food in town. My Japanese opinion.

• FAVORITE COLOR: blue

• FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS: C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia

• I LIKE TO WEAR pretty clothes.

• I WOULD NEVER WEAR overalls.

• GUESTS AT MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY: Goto Teruko, my nanny in Japan who taught me about Japanese culture and how to laugh; Helen Corbitt, a cook from Texas, who worked for Stanley Marcus and started the Zodiac Room; and Robert Frost.

• IF I'VE LEARNED ONE THING IN MY LIFE IT'S to not take things so seriously. Laugh more, I guess.

• I WANT MY KIDS TO REMEMBER my family's love of Japan.

• LAST BOOK I READ: The Giver by Lois Lowry

• THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: "Get the opinions of people around you."

• MY PET PEEVE ABOUT SOCIETY: Too many whiners

• ONE WORD TO SUM ME UP: dedicated

Susan Harriman's children are grown, but she's got a firm lock on promoting education in Arkansas, from pre-K to post-college.

“Her greatest gift is execution. She can implement a project better than practically anybody I’ve ever seen.” — Vicki Saviers, chairman of the board a...

SELF PORTRAIT

Susan Harriman

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 19, 1961, Harlingen, Texas

• FAVORITE CUISINE: Japanese

• FAVORITE JUNK FOOD: Cheetos

• THE MENU FOR MY LAST MEAL: Beef Stroganoff

• I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT EAT yellow mustard.

• FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: Chuy's, Layla's, Terrace on the Green, Sky -- I think Sky has the best Japanese food in town. My Japanese opinion.

• FAVORITE COLOR: blue

• FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOKS: C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia

• I LIKE TO WEAR pretty clothes.

• I WOULD NEVER WEAR overalls.

• GUESTS AT MY FANTASY DINNER PARTY: Goto Teruko, my nanny in Japan who taught me about Japanese culture and how to laugh; Helen Corbitt, a cook from Texas, who worked for Stanley Marcus and started the Zodiac Room; and Robert Frost.

• IF I'VE LEARNED ONE THING IN MY LIFE IT'S to not take things so seriously. Laugh more, I guess.

• I WANT MY KIDS TO REMEMBER my family's love of Japan.

• LAST BOOK I READ: The Giver by Lois Lowry

• THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: "Get the opinions of people around you."

• MY PET PEEVE ABOUT SOCIETY: Too many whiners

• ONE WORD TO SUM ME UP: dedicated

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