President Laurie A. Carter

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. Having served as university president, I am well aware of the challenges facing higher education, but I know that the Lawrence community is ready to work together to continue its traditions of excellence while ensuring a bright future for students, the university, and the community.”

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Meet President Carter

Laurie A. Carter most recently served as president of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. 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. Prior to Shippensburg, Carter served as executive vice president and university counsel for Eastern Kentucky University. Her extensive leadership experience in higher education also extends to the performing arts, including 25 years of service at The Juilliard School.

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Get to know incoming President Laurie A. Carter a little better from her accomplished professional background to what she's most excited about when it comes to life in Wisconsin.

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President Carter had the opportunity to spend time with President Emeritus Mark Burstein this spring. They discussed everything from their hopes for Lawrence, their respect for presidential history and their personal and professional journeys, to Meatless Mondays. They also answered questions from Lawrentians along the way.

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