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Dr. Laurie Carter, President of Shippensburg University/Harmony Walk

Written by Anna Tran | Sep 14, 2018 4:00 AM
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Photo from Shippensburg University


What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, September 14, 2018:

Joining Friday's Smart Talk to discuss student success is Dr. Laurie Carter, president of Shippensburg University. What defines successful students? Is it their GPA, how quickly they find jobs, or how quickly they graduate? Many factors, like mental and social development, contribute to a student's overall educational success.

Dr. Carter is the first female and first African American president of Shippensburg University. She takes on the job prepared with bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from public universities, all received while working full-time. She's worked in college administration at schools such as Eastern Kentucky University and The Julliard School for over 20 years. Along the way, she developed a student affairs department from scratch and built an in-house law department at Julliard. Her time as Shippensburg president is the newest chapter in her higher education career. 

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Dr. Laurie Carter in studio


Originally founded as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1871, Shippensburg University was established in 1983 by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PSSHE). Located in Cumberland County, the school is home to over 6,000 graduate and undergraduate students who come from all over Pennsylvania and the US. The university emphasizes collaboration and is invested in south-central Pennsylvania communities.   

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Shippensburg Campus

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Also, we live in polarizing times.  Politicians from different political parties with opposing points of view aside, we all probably know even friends and family members who have strained relationships because they disagree.  Many don't see eye to eye on questions of faith.  That's why this weekend's Harmony Walk in Harrisburg is so remarkable.  It brings together people of several religions.  Rev. Cynthia Mara tells us about the walk.

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