President Carter Inauguration Make Waves April 20, 2018

Inauguration of Laurie A. Carter

The Council of Trustees of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

requests the honor of your presence at the Inauguration of

Laurie A. Carter

as the seventeenth president of Shippensburg University

Friday, the twentieth of April at eleven o’clock in the morning

at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University

President Laurie Carter hallway photo

Prior to coming to Shippensburg University, Laurie A. Carter was the executive vice president and university counsel for Eastern Kentucky University, a regional, public university in Richmond, Kentucky. As executive vice president, Carter served on the president’s cabinet and assumed responsibility for the university in the president’s absence. She provided leadership for thirty-three departments, including the University Counsel’s Office and the Division of Student Success. She created the Student Success Center and initiated a program for first-generation college students at EKU.

Before her time at EKU, Carter was vice president for arts education at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership, external relations, and administrative management of the third-largest arts education program in the United States. Previously, she held various positions over almost twenty-five years at The Juilliard School.

Carter began her tenure at Juilliard as director of student affairs, a position she held for five years before being named assistant dean for student relations and legal adviser. She also served as associate vice president and vice president for legal and student affairs and was founding executive director of jazz studies. She created, implemented, and supervised diversity initiatives, resulting in a 10 percent increase in under-represented students and a doubling of under-represented faculty. She created and implemented jazz studies at Juilliard, leading the successful effort to have the program accredited.

She is a member of the Kentucky and New York State bars, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

She is a graduate of Clarion State College, now Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Carter also has a Master of Arts in Communication from William Paterson College and a Doctor of Law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark.

Carter is married to Gary Robinson. They have a son, Carter Robinson, who is a freshman in college.

Join President Laurie A. Carter for a weeklong celebration starting Sunday, April 15.

Sunday, April 15





Service & Reception


Old Main Chapel


4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Monday, April 16




Grab and Go Breakfast

with President Carter

for Faculty and Staff


Tuscarora Room


8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Reading with

President Carter



Public Library


6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Wednesday, April 18




SHIP Acts of Kindness Day

House Rehab (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

Meals on Wheels (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Various Locations

All Day


Faculty Reception

with President Carter

Sponsored by APSCUF

(Invitation Only)


Courtyard Marriott


4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, April 19




ChocolateSHIP Cookie

and Ice Cream Social


CUB, Raider Lounge 5


12 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Friday, April 20






Luhrs Center


11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Saturday, April 21




Trail Fest


The Foreman Triangle


12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


10:40 AM - Processional

Delegates are requested to provide their own academic regalia, which is required for the procession. Robing areas open at 8:30 AM. Delegates are requested to be ready by 10:30 AM at the Luhrs Center. The robing area will be secured so that wraps and personal items may be left there during the ceremony.


11:00 AM - The Inauguration of Laurie A. Carter

H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center


Reception immediately following inauguration.

Ceddia Union Building

Shippensburg University is committed to student learning and personal development through high-quality and innovative coursework that is enhanced by out-of-class experiences. Our eleven accredited programs heighten the university’s academic rigor. A dedication to experiential learning establishes an education that is uniquely Ship. Employers seek out our graduates knowing that Shippensburg University provides hands-on experience through internships, service learning, study abroad experiences, community service, and research.

Our Center for Land Use and Sustainability, Brad E. Hollinger Stock Trading Room, Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation, Fashion Archives and Museum, and the only public elementary lab school in the state provide students with one-of-a-kind, real-world experiences.

Shippensburg University was founded as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1871 and was officially recognized and approved by the commonwealth on February 21, 1873. Two months later, on April 15, the normal school admitted its first class of 217 students from south-central Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased the normal school in 1917.

On June 4, 1926, Shippensburg was authorized to grant bachelor’s degrees in elementary and junior high education. The program was so successful, and its graduates contributed so much to the learning experience of elementary and junior high students, that Shippensburg became the first normal school in Pennsylvania to be chartered as a state teachers college on October 12, 1926. In 1927, the school officially was renamed the State Teachers College at Shippensburg. The school became Shippensburg State College on January 8, 1960, and Shippensburg University on July 1, 1983.

Today, Shippensburg University grants degrees through three colleges—Arts and Sciences, the John L. Grove College of Business, and Education and Human Services. The university is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

With more than 100 undergraduate programs and more than fifty graduate programs that offer undergraduate through doctoral degrees, Shippensburg University has enriched the lives of its students for nearly 150 years, and is poised to continue this tradition well into the future.

Inauguration Steering Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Bertie Landes, Athletics, Head Coach Emeritus, Women's Field Hockey
  • Jeff Coy, Chair of the Council of Trustees


  • Kara Laskowski, Dept of Human Communication Studies, Assoc. Prof./Dept. Chair, & President APSCUF
  • Daniel Velez, Chief of Staff


  • Doug Harbach, SU Alumni Association, President
  • Javita Thompson, Director, Office of First Year Experience & Community Engagement
  • Alex Honsberger, Residence Director
  • Allen Dieterich-Ward, Department of History/Philosophy, Associate Prof
  • Sharnine Herbert, Department of Human Communication Studies, Associate Professor
  • Shari Horner, Department of English, Professor and Chair
  • Alix, Rouby Director, MBA Recruitment/Business Internship, Chair
  • Madison Scarr, Student Government Association
  • Kathy Coy, Mayor
  • Cody  Olson, Student  
  • Karla Moses, Student
  • Azim Danesh, Department of Accounting/MIS, Professor
  • Ashley Grimm, Athletics, Assistant Director

The Inauguration Steering Committee is tasked with developing the ideas and plans for our inauguration festivities.

Inauguration Planning Committee


  • Kim Garris, Associate Vice President for External Relations
  • Scott Brown, Office of the President


  • Adam Roth, Director of Facilities Management & Planning
  • Anne Detter-Schaffner, Director of Marketing
  • Scott Brown, Special Events Coordinator
  • Jerry George, Grounds Manager
  • Marsha Bonn, Director of University Union & Student Activities
  • Cytha Grissom, Public Safety, Director/Chief
  • Madison Scarr, Student Government Association
  • Alex Honsberger, Residence Director
  • Liz Kemmery, Director of Creative Services

The Inauguration Planning Committee will carry out the plans.

On the day of Inauguration, delegates can park in lot F/S-13.

General parking for the event is in C-7 and C-6.

Please refer to the campus parking map for more information.