In July 2012, Laurie Lachance was chosen to lead Thomas College as its 5th President. She is the first woman and the first Thomas alumna to lead the College in its 120 year history. Under President Laurie’s leadership, Thomas College has experienced record enrollment, the construction of five state-of-the art campus plant projects, added eight new fields of study, and been named to prestigious awards and honors.
Laurie grew up in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy in Maine, Laurie holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, a highly-regarded statewide non-profit whose flagship programs include Leadership Maine, Policy Leaders Academy, the Maine Downtown Center, the Maine Employers’ Initiative, and the Maine Economic Growth Council.
Prior to MDF, Laurie served as the Maine State Economist for eleven years under three governors. In that capacity, she chaired the Maine State Revenue Forecasting Committee, and served as lead or co-lead on utility restructuring, telecommunications, the retirement industry, and tax reform. Prior to joining state government, Laurie served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company.
She has been the recipient of several awards, including the Governor Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award, the Dr. Mary Chandler Lowell Award, the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow, the Thomas College Distinguished Alumnus, the Deborah Morton Award, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award, the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award, and the Foxcroft Academy Academic Hall of Fame. In March 2014, Laurie was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.
Laurie serves on a number of boards including Educate Maine and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council. She is the chair of Educare Central Maine and co-chair of the Cultural and Strategic Planning Steering Committee of the Maine Arts Commission.