Laura Schweitzer

Accomplished academic and administrator possesses broad experience as a health care executive and a higher education leader

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Laura Schweitzer

Vice President for Health Sciences
University at Albany
Department: Office of the President

Higher education; neuroscience; workforce development; economic development; women's leadership

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Laura Schweitzer, Ph.D., was appointed Vice President for Health Sciences in September 2015.

An accomplished academic and administrator, Schweitzer possesses broad experience as a health care executive and a higher education leader, in areas such as research, academic programs, and workforce development. A neurobiologist by training, she is highly committed to public engagement and the critical role of higher education in the community and as a driver of economic development.

Most recently, she served as president of Union Graduate College for six years, and oversaw Union’s merger with Clarkson University. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Upstate and Chief Academic Officer at Bassett Healthcare. Additionally, after serving in a succession of administrative roles at the University of Louisville, Schweitzer became the first female Ph.D. believed to ever lead a U.S. medical school.

Schweitzer earned a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Duke University, where she was named to the research faculty. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Miami.

Schweitzer serves two national roles – on the external advisory committee for a National Science Foundation's ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Program at the University of Cincinnati and on the national faculty for the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering Program at Drexel University. In New York’s Capital Region, she serves as Chair of the Board of the 300+ member, 8 county Council for Economic Growth (CEG) Board. She also serves on New York Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council.