"To advance in higher education, I needed a doctorate. Several years as an educator and administrator had taught me a lot about college leadership. However, what I wanted was a program that could teach me about organizational management. With a focus on management research and scholarship, the DBA was the right fit."
"Don't be intimidated, just start. I was overwhelmed at first as well. You never know what will come up with your job or family, so I always worked ahead. That's the key to balancing both the program and your life."
Several years of experience as an educator and administrator have made Lori adept in marketing, grant writing, research, human resources, negotiations, and administrative and academic services. As the vice president of academic services at Carl Sandburg College, she supervised academic programming, community and corporate relations and provided leadership to the program review process and student outcome assessment committees, as well as the institutional research and human resources functions. However, earning a doctorate enhanced her opportunities at achieving a presidency.
With undergraduate degrees in economics and history from Knox College and an MBA from Western Illinois University under her belt, Lori enrolled at Ambrose and became a member of the first graduating class of the DBA program. Seven years later, Lori was appointed the sixth president of Carl Sandburg.