Written by Stephen Mease and published in Champlain News, July 29, 2014:
Laurie Quinn will begin as Champlain College’s provost and chief academic officer on Friday, August 1. Quinn comes to Champlain from Granite State College in Concord, NH, where she was provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Granite State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire.
“Laurie has demonstrated the ability to build strong relationships and to champion the needs of faculty,” Champlain President Donald J. Laackman wrote in a campus-wide email announcement earlier this month. “Laurie has a strong understanding of Champlain and a passion for our mission. I am thrilled with the opportunity to work with an educator who brings with her the experience that will help us achieve the ambitious goals of our Champlain 2020 strategy,” he continued.
Quinn said she is looking forward to fostering innovation at Champlain, adding, “I believe Champlain’s integration of liberal education with professional studies is a model for colleges in preparing students for challenging careers and meaningful lives.”
She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Boston College, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in English Literature.
Before Granite State College, Quinn served as senior program director at the New Hampshire Humanities Council, where she was a generalist scholar and researcher, oversaw the community grants program, and made proposals to foundations with an interest in helping to advance diverse initiatives.
Champlain’s “radically pragmatic” approach to education is what first attracted her to the College, and she is looking forward working with faculty to ensure Champlain College becomes the finest small, professionally and globally focused college in the United States.
She is joined by her husband Peter Sutherland and son Patrick. The family will live in Burlington.