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Laurie Carter

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Laurie Carter

President

Shippensburg University

As Shippensburg’s president, Carter said, her number one responsibility and priority is student success. Areas of focus include building relationships with the community as a regional economic development engine, working closely with the state system in optimizing operations and balancing the university’s budget. Opening the Raider Rapid Results Covid-19 testing program to enhance campus activities was an unanticipated duty this past year.

Carter was named Shippensburg’s 17th president in 2017. On March 4, she announced that she will be transitioning this summer to Lawrence University in Appleton, WI to become the next president.

“Reopening Shippensburg University during the pandemic was challenging and rewarding. It involved so many facets that each needed to be orchestrated precisely.” Carter said. “I am proud to have led the charge and am grateful for the many team members who made it possible to provide quality academic and social experiences, as well as health and wellbeing support services.”

Her most important life lesson: To develop comfort with discomfort. Growth is uncomfortable.

For fun, Carter rides her bicycle or walks along the rail trail. “The scenic beauty and recreational opportunities of our region are majestic. Being surrounded by nature reminds me of the richness and diversity of our region,” she said.

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This profile is part of Central Penn Business Journal's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.

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