Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Laurie Bellows was named vice chancellor for student affairs in August 2020 after serving as interim vice chancellor since 2017.
As interim vice chancellor, Bellows restructured Student Affairs from a flat organization to one with meaningful and effective units and has provided a clear vision that has energized the office. She led the creation of the Big Red Resilience and Well-being Program and has supported the expansion of Counseling and Psychological Services for students.
Prior to her appointment as interim vice chancellor, Bellows spent 15 years in the Office of Graduate Studies as acting dean, associate dean and assistant dean, where she provided administrative oversight of the office, including graduate recruitment, admissions and retention, and provided leadership for graduate policies and initiatives. She also served eight years as a faculty instructional consultant for the university's Teaching and Learning Center and was interim director of international affairs for two years. She has been the director of the McNair Scholars Program since 2005.
Bellows is a professor of practice in educational psychology and member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology. She serves as the university’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation liaison, having led the university’s 2016 successful re-accreditation process. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in human development and a doctoral degree in psychological and cultural studies.