Laurie has served as the director of the Erb Memorial Union since 2013. She has overall responsible for the facilities, administration and finances, and the programs and services offered through the EMU. Laurie holds a master’s degree from Western Illinois University, and a PhD from the University of South Florida. Her dissertation and research interests include the social contract between higher education and society, and leadership development for college students. Laurie’s previous teaching experience includes courses in higher education administration, public finance, and leadership development.