Vice President of Student Affairs
Laurie has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs since 2000 and also served as the Dean of Students for 12 years. As the VP she is responsible for providing the overall vision, planning and policy development for the Division of Student Affairs, which includes Athletics, Residential Life, the Campus Activities and Operations, Career Development, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Health and Wellness Center, Multicultural Life, International Student Programs and Disability Services. She spent 14 years in Student Affairs before coming to Macalester College in 1992 as the Associate Dean of Students.
As a member of the college’s Senior Leadership Team, Laurie is involved in college budget and policy development; college governance; commencement and major college events; the Campus Life Committee of the Board of Trustees; the Social Responsibility Committee; and relations with Mac parents and alumni. She advises the Student Affairs Advisory Council (SAAC) and Macalester Parent Council.
Throughout the years, Laurie has enjoyed involvement in and leadership roles with several student affairs professional associations, in particular NASPA and ACPA. Laurie received her MA in Higher Education Administration from Ball State University and her BA from the University of North Dakota.