Susan Leath is the President and Founder of The Leath Consultant Group, LLC a management consulting firm focused on helping organizations operate more effectively, identify and develop new revenue streams, establish and activate a strong communication strategy, and build relationships with external stakeholders. Susan begins every assignment with a strategic focus and then implements operational efficiencies to maximize revenue. She has a knack for spotting and developing talent, ensuring the long term success of the organization and the team members.

Susan is an accomplished leader recognized for excellent strategic and operational skills with a passion for connecting people and strengthening communities. Her career spans over two decades in the media industry, most recently as Regional President of the USA Today Networks media groups in Delaware and Maryland where she directed the strategic, financial, and operational success of the Network and its associated products, successfully repositioning the brand as multi-media platform in the minds of consumers and business leaders. Susan led and developed a 400-person team, built strategic partnerships that improved marketplace positioning, and established sustainable value propositions managing/optimizing core and new growth revenue streams.

Susan is a lecturer in media management and public policy and public relations case studies at the UNC School of Media and Journalism in Chapel Hill, NC. She is also a lecturer in media ethics for the School of Mass Communications at NC Central University in Durham, NC. Susan is currently working on the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative for the Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media at the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Carolina Public Press and Public Media NC (UNC-TV) Black Issues Forum Advisory Council. Her prior roles include almost five years as the President and Publisher of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, she climbed through the advertising ranks at newspapers owned by the New York Times in Florida, Alabama and Florida’s largest newspaper the Tampa Bay Times.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelors in Advertising with a concentration in marketing.


  • B.A., University of Alabama