Gateway Names Dr. Laura Urban as Provost

Dr. Laura Urban has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at Gateway Community and Technical College, effective June 14.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Urban as our chief academic officer, said Gateway President/CEO Dr. G. Edward Hughes. In addition to her broad experience as an administrator, she brings a wealth of teaching experience and a background as a consultant and evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, the accreditation association for the northern and central part of the United States. We believe Dr. Urbans talent and insight will be invaluable as Gateway continues its growth and outreach to the Northern Kentucky community.

Dr. Urban previously served as chief academic officer and dean at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, a Native American tribal college, a post she had held since 2006. From 1997 to 2006, she was director of institutional effectiveness and dean of instructional planning at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Between 1990 and 1997, she was the director of small business development/ instructor of business , and outreach program manager at The University of Wisconsin-Superior, part of that states university system.

Dr. Urban began her career in education as a civilian working with the Army in Germany where she served as senior education services director, education services specialist and guidance counselor, positions she held from 1979-1986. Dr. Urban worked for the City of Savannah, Ga., as director of training and employee development from 1988 to 1990.

She holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Northland College, a masters degree in college student personnel administration from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Her teaching experience includes instruction in business and leadership development. She also holds numerous certifications from a wide array of councils and organizations.

Dr. Urban will reside in Independence.