Laurie A. Carter, a strategic and dedicated leader in higher education, joined the Lawrence community in July 2021 as the university’s 17th president.

"I have found my way to the light of Lawrence University, and I am honored to serve as its 17th president."


Laurie Carter sitting on a blue chair

Meet President Carter


Laurie A. Carter most recently served as president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where her tenure focused on prioritizing student success, telling the university’s story, building a relationship with the community, enhancing overall quality, and strengthening diversity and inclusion. Her extensive leadership experience in higher education also extends to Eastern Kentucky University and The Juilliard School.

President Laurie Carter speaks to new students and their families in front of Main Hall.

Letters, Speeches, & Correspondence


President Carter shares her vision, hopes, and aspirations for Lawrence and its surrounding community in regular updates to the campus community, speeches on campus and in the Fox Cities, and in her annual Matriculation Convocation address.

The President’s Cabinet & Office of the President supports President Carter to ensure that the university meets its mission, pursues its strategic goals, and ensures the well-being of the university and its community. 

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