The President’s Cabinet and the Office of the President support President Laurie A. Carter to ensure that the university meets its mission, pursues its strategic goals, and ensures the well-being of the university and its community. Cabinet members represent all areas of the institution.

The President's Cabinet

Peter Blitstein

Peter A. Blitstein (He/Him/His)

Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of History
As Provost and Dean of the Faculty I am the chief academic officer of the University and a member of the President's Cabinet. I'm a historian of modern Russia specializing in the Soviet period and the history of nationalism and ethnicity and have taught courses on all aspects of Russian history, t
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Samir Datta

Vice President for Finance and Administration

As the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Samir serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Lawrence University and is responsible for overseeing Finance, Information Technology, Human Resources and Facilities Operations.

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Adam Galambos (he/him)

Dwight and Marjorie Peterson Professor of Innovation and Associate Professor of Economics and Special Assistant to the President

My research experience is in microeconomic theory and game theory, and these are fields that I teach as well. I also enjoy teaching in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. I am interested in pedagogical innovation, especially at liberal arts colleges. 

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Brian Pertl, Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Photo Credit: Graham Washatka

Brian G. Pertl (He/Him)

Dean of the Conservatory of Music

I am excited and honored to be leading the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.  I am passionate about helping our incredible students, faculty, and staff reach their full potential as musicians, scholars, artists, and world-changing leaders in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, possib

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Anna Ponder (she/her/hers)

Vice President for University Advancement

I work with a remarkable team to advance and amplify the mission, purposes, and goals of Lawrence University through fundraising and partnerships, strategic communications and media, brand management and marketing, volunteer leadership support, and alumni and community engagement.

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Kenny E Yarbrough

Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Antiracism, and Support Services

A Higher Education Practitioner and Advocate who champions Diversity, Equity and Inclusion specializing in aligning policies, activities and events through cultural competence training, strategic leadership, planning & program development/evaluation culminating into inclusive excellence.

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Office of the President


Andrea Thorsbakken (she/her/hers)

Executive Assistant to the President

I joined the Office of the President as Executive Assistant in December 2021. In this role, I provide day-to-day operational support to President Laurie Carter. I'm a super organized person, and I love using my skills to ensure the President's Office runs smoothly and efficiently. 

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