Lawrence University is set to welcome its new director of equal opportunity compliance and Title IX coordinator.

Dr. Allison Vetter will begin her duties at Lawrence March 1, working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

Vetter’s hire is a step forward in Lawrence’s ongoing commitment to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination.

“Dr. Vetter assumes this role as an experienced Title IX officer and higher education professional,” said Dr. Eric Mayes, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. “I am confident that her experience leading Title IX offices at multiple universities before joining us at Lawrence will benefit our entire community.”

Vetter has several years of experience working in compliance, most recently serving as Title IX coordinator at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Before joining Hendrix in 2018, she spent a decade at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she served in various roles including Title IX coordinator, chair of the school’s Institutional Review Board, and tenured sociology professor. Prior to joining Henderson State, she taught sociology at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

“I am excited to join the Lawrence team in their continuing efforts to provide support to students who find themselves navigating a confusing, uncomfortable, and often frightening process,” Vetter said. “Guided by my experience in investigations, policy development, and education programs, I look forward to working with the campus community as we navigate the continuously shifting Title IX landscape.”

Vetter is an alumna of Doane University (formerly Doane College) in Crete, Nebraska, and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. 

She has been an active member of the Conway community, serving on the board of directors of several nonprofits, and is an avid runner, enjoys sports, traveling, and sharing the dinner table with friends.