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. She oversees externally-focused teams that collectively work to match the expertise and resources of the university with external audiences—businesses, government agencies, non-profit groups, community organizations, and individuals—throughout Greater Baltimore.

Bobbie is committed to community outreach and engagement and actively works to deepen relationships with current stakeholders and build new strategic partnerships that advance Towson University’s public service mission. She 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 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 & Outreach brings together university and community interests and resources to advance mutually-beneficial collaborations on campus and in our communities. In partnership with other departments, this office is 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 and promotes venture creation and 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.

The Continuing Education team serves Greater Baltimore’s workforce and employers by providing professional certification courses designed to address critical skill gaps in high growth industries. The team also provides professional development for teachers through the development and deployment of curriculum and support in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides opportunities for continued learning to individuals age 50 and older, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment.

Additionally, Bobbie serves as executive director of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), which is headquartered at TU and supported by the Office of Partnerships & Outreach. Bobbie works with a board of 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 represents Towson University on the board of the Baltimore Integration Partnership, a collaborative partnership of anchor institutions, funders, nonprofits and public organizations focused on establishing economic inclusion as the business culture of norm in the Baltimore region. She also sits on the National Advisory Council for Credentialing at Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education.

Previously, Bobbie served 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 Timonium with their two sons and daughter. She is active in her neighborhood association, her children’s schools, and Baltimore-centric organizations focused on creating vibrant and healthy communities.

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.