Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s 5th President and the first female and alumna to lead the College in its 124-year history. Formerly, Laurie was President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation and served three governors as the Maine State Economist. Laurie was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and has been the recipient of several awards, most recently being recognized by Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future and making the Mainebiz NEXT list as a trailblazer in her industry. A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy of Maine, she 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. She chairs the Board of Educare Central Maine, is a Trustee of Foxcroft Academy, a Board member of Educate Maine, and serves on the New England Board of Higher Education’s Commission on Higher Education and Employability. Laurie cherishes her time spent at camp with her husband, two sons, family and friends, enjoying hiking, boating, and the natural beauty of rural Maine.