Roberta "Bobbie" Laur is the Director of External Affairs for the Division of Innovation and Applied Research. In this role, she oversees business development and communications for the division's centers and institutes, serves as a project manager for several contracts and grants in the area of integrated marketing, builds and manages mutually beneficial community engagement partnerships between businesses, non profit organizations, and government agencies and the university, and serves as a key advisor to the Vice President.
Additionally, Bobbie serves as the Executive Director for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), which is headquartered at Towson University. As Executive Director, Bobbie works with a board of 14 university 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 the Outreach Coordinator for the Office of the President at San Diego State University where she also completed graduate work in Higher Education Policy. As an undergraduate student at Towson University, Bobbie was involved in a number of campus activities including being SGA President her senior year. Originally from the Eastern Shore; her family includes numerous other Towson Tigers.