Dr. Susan Adamchak was elected to the Manhattan City Commission in November 2023 for a four-year term beginning January 2024. She will begin her service as Mayor Pro Tem, prior to becoming Mayor in 2025.
Susan grew up in New Jersey, and attended university in Connecticut, Ohio, and Rhode Island. She began her career as a social science researcher with a joint posting to the U.S. Bureau of the Census International Division and the U.S. Agency for International Development, a branch of the U.S. State Department. She moved to Manhattan in 1989 and began a career as an independent consultant conducting research on population policy, adolescent health, and integrated family planning and HIV services. Susan retired in 2017, having worked in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her family, including three grandsons, live in rural Riley County.
Susan has been an active volunteer in the Manhattan community. She currently is President of the Board of the Manhattan Area Resettlement Team (MART), a local non-profit agency assisting refugees arriving in Manhattan and North Central Kansas. She serves on the Board of the Manhattan Public Library Foundation and the Konza Prairie Community Health Center. She is a long-time member of the Fairy Godmothers and is a volunteer with Common Table.
Past involvement includes the following: Manhattan Library Association (Past President and other offices); North Central Kansas Regional Library System (Executive Board, appointed initially by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and renewed by Gov. Mark Parkinson); Human Rights and Services Board (appointed by Mayor Usha Reddi); Friends of McCain Auditorium (Past President); Friends of International Programs (Past President); International Activity Council of Kansas State University; Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund (Executive Board); Friends of the Beach Museum and Friends of the Gardens at Kansas State University.