Beyond the traditional academic curriculum, Lawrence University administers several special programs and a number of outreach activities that benefit the surrounding community. The campus also hosts a number of summer conferences and institutes and regularly makes its facilities available to deserving community organizations.

Lawrence University’s 2019 Report to the Community

The Engaged University: The Economic & Community Impact of Lawrence University

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
4-6 p.m.
Warch Campus Center, Somerset Room
711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton

Lawrence University commissioned a first-time study from economic consulting firm Appleseed to examine Lawrence’s annual impact on Appleton and the greater Fox Cities. The Engaged University report offers new data on just how significant Lawrence University’s ties are to the community it calls home.

The report was released at the annual Report to the Community event, which brings together leaders from Lawrence, the city and the business and nonprofit sectors. Lawrence is also honoring Catherine Tierney, president and CEO of Community First Credit Union, with an honorary Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.


Economic Impacts

From spending on goods, services, and construction to contributing to the area’s human capital, Lawrence, including its students and the visitors it draws, is an important economic driver and partner in the region.

One Year in the Fox Cities
1,059 jobs
$41 million in earnings
$70.3 million in regional economic output
$6.4 million spent on goods, services, and construction


Developing Human Capital
886 graduates live in the Fox Cities
5% of area residents with a bachelor’s degree are Lawrence graduates


Cultural Impacts

From community education opportunities, to art and performances, and space for community-sponsored events, Lawrence serves in multiple ways as a cultural, education, physical, and natural resource for the Fox Cities.

2,249 students in community education programs
1,500 Academy of Music participants
749 Bjorklunden adult education seminar attendees
31+ major performances, speeches, and events by visiting artists, musicians, and speakers
441 acres of the Lake Michigan shoreline preserved
107,000 square feet of multi-use space in Warch Campus Center


Service Impacts

At Lawrence, engagement in issues that affect the lives of our neighbors is an essential element of both the education we provide and our long-term relationship with the community.

642 students & 67 faculty or staff volunteered through the Center for Community Engagement
10,450 volunteer hours
100 agencies and organizations with ongoing Lawrence relationships

the top five are:
1.  Appleton Area School District
2.  Riverview Gardens
3.  Brewster Village
4. Feeding America
5.  Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley


Catherine Tierney

Catherine Tierney serves as president and CEO at Community First Credit Union. She has been with the credit union since 1976 and has held multiple executive officer positions, spending the majority of her career as vice president of marketing and branch operations. Ms. Tierney serves on several business and community boards of directors, is highly involved in the financial services industry, and has received numerous business and personal awards, including the Athena Award from the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She graduated from the first CU Executive Leadership Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1993, and studied at Lawrence University before beginning her career.