Roberta (Bobbie) Laur

Associate Vice President, Outreach

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Innovation and Applied Research,
Partnerships and Outreach

Biography

Bobbie serves as Associate Vice President, Outreach within the Division of Innovation and Applied Research.

Bobbie is committed to community outreach, community engagement, and Towson University's public service mission. For over a decade, she has worked to deepen relationships with current stakeholders, has led numerous initiatives to expand the Division's reach across the region, and has worked to better integrate the Division's collective work into the larger TU community.

Bobbie oversees two externally-focused teams whose collective focus is to match the expertise and resources of the university with external partners—business, government, non-profit sectors and community organizations—throughout Greater Baltimore. She and her teams create pathways for individuals and organizations to engage in collaborative work with the university that impact our region in positive ways.

The Office of Partnerships and Outreach works to support partnerships and build relationships across impact areas. This office, in partnership with other departments, is also tasked with managing BTU—Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore—one of eight presidential priorities that are linked to and aligned with the university’s strategic plan.

TU Incubator, TU’s business incubator, is a mixed use incubator that supports the growth of early-stage startups. This team leverages the resources and expertise of the TU community to support Maryland’s largest cluster of edtech companies.

Additionally, Bobbie serves as executive director of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), which is headquartered at TU. Bobbie works with a board of 14 university chancellors and presidents to advocate for important policy issues affecting urban and metropolitan universities and the communities they serve ranging from economic development to K-16 partnerships.

Bobbie returned to Towson University in 2006 after serving as outreach coordinator for the Office of the President at San Diego State University where she also completed graduate work in higher education policy.

Education

A proud Towson Tiger, Bobbie received her undergraduate degree from TU during which time she was involved in a number of campus activities including serving as the Student Government Association president.

Personal

Bobbie and her husband John (also a TU alum) live in Northeast Baltimore and have two very busy toddler boys. She is active in community organizations in her neighborhood.

Fun Fact

What are two apps she can’t live without? Timehop and Pocket (and of course Facebook and Instagram, but those seem too obvious :))

Read Bobbie's blog posts at TUinnovates.com.