Jill Beck, Ph.D.
(1949- ; president, 2004-2013)
Jill Beck served as Lawrence’s fifteenth president from 2004 to 2013. She holds a B.A. from Clark University, an M.A. from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in theatre from the City University of New York. Beck launched the More Light! campaign in 2005, raising $160 million in gifts and pledges for the college’s endowment, capital projects, The Lawrence Fund, and new initiatives. The campaign allowed for the construction of the Warch Campus Center, which opened in 2009. Under Beck’s leadership, Lawrence implemented the Senior Experience program, engaging each graduating senior in a focused project demonstrating proficiency in the student’s field of study.