Laura Niesen de Abruna
Laura Niesen de Abruna currently serves as immediatiate Past President and Chair of the Nominations Committee of the Association of Chief Academic Officers and as a member of the CAO Task Force of the CIC.  She has also served a three-year term on the board of directors of ACAD of the AAC&U and as President of the Northeast Modern Language Association.  Dr. Niesen de Abruna graduated from Smith College with a major in English and a minor in French, having spent a year at the University of Paris.  She received the M.A. and the Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. Ed. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her background in higher education administration is extensive, having served as the Dean of the School of Arts, Communication and Education at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  She has received numerous awards, including two Fulbright Fellowships in Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as ACLS, NEH ad ACE fellowships.  She served as an ACE Fellow at SUNY-Oswego directly before leaving the faculty for various roles in administration.  As a faculty member, she served at Ithaca College, where she spent 15 years as an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor of English Literature.