The Abilene Branch of the American Association of University Women honored Susan Keeling with its Women of Outstanding Achievement 2012 Award. The award was presented to Keeling at a luncheon April 3, 2012 at the Abilene Country Club. The Women of Outstanding Award is the Abilene Branch AAUW way of celebrating women who have distinguished themselves as outstanding members of their community, state or nation through individual excellence and high levels of achievement.
Keeling is the former executive director of the Noah Project for years 1994-2001. Through Keeling’s leadership, the Noah Project, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, has developed into an exemplary entity that has gained respect from the medical and law enforcement communities of Abilene.
As executive director, Keeling established creative programs that partnered with public schools to assist in the prevention of domestic violence. Keeling formerly was on the state board of directors of the Texas Council on Family Violence and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
As a board member of the Diamondback Charity Golf Classic for 10 years, Keeling’s innovative ideas helped raise more than $1.5 million for the Noah Project and Hendrick Hospice.
As the wife of former high school and Hardin-Simmons University football coach Jimmie Keeling, Susan Keeling organized coaches’ wives across the state to form the Texas High School Wives Association in 1984 and was recognized in 1992 as its Woman of the Year. In 1989, she led a group of national coaches’ wives to form the American Football Coaches Wives Association and still serves on the national board of trustees.
Keeling is a deacon in her church, and a member of the board of development and the Round Table at Hardin-Simmons.