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Student Profile: Heidi Biller, '18, M.A. in Educational Leadership

Student Profile: Heidi Biller, '18, M.A. in Educational Leadership


Morristown, N.J. (May 29, 2018) – Ten years ago, Heidi Biller promised her seriously ill father Roger that he would see her graduate from the Saint Elizabeth University. Unfortunately, Roger was unable to attend Heidi's college graduation due to complications from a liver transplant. Now, exactly a decade later, Heidi fulfilled her promise and Roger proudly watched as his daughter earned a master's in educational leadership from SEU.

"SEU isn't just about academics," says Heidi. "It's about family and it's about support. SEU was the only place I would ever even think of going for my master's."

For Heidi, SEU literally is family. In 1993, Roger himself became the first male valedictorian to graduate from, what was then called, the College's "night and weekend" program. Roger's enthusiasm for the College is what encouraged Heidi to pursue her undergraduate degree in English and education at SEU.

"I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was five years old," says Heidi. "When I started working as a teacher, I started seeing the leadership side of education and how important it was to support teachers."

To further honor her father during graduation, Heidi decorated her mortarboard, or cap, with the phrase, "What's the magic words?" As a child, Roger would ask Heidi this question and she'd reply, "I love Daddy," to which he'd respond, "I love Heidi."

At SEU, you receive more than just an education. You develop personal relationships with professors, gain confidence to chase your dreams and are given unconditional support.

Congratulations, Heidi and Roger!