Sarah Lawrence College President Karen Lawrence has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) for 2009-2010. CICU’s mission is to develop consensus among its 100+ members and to advance higher education public policy at the state and federal level. The Commission serves as the formal organizational liaison with the New York State Board of Regents, the State Commissioner of Education, and the chancellors of the State University (SUNY) and City University (CUNY) for the state’s private colleges and universities. Its Board represents executive-level participation from colleges and universities in every region of New York State.
In addition to this important role at the state level, President Lawrence is active within the higher education community at the national level. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues. She is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Network, the American Council of Education Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, and the Presidents’ Leadership Coalition. Her dedication to sustainable policies and practices has led her to become a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
A widely respected literature scholar and teacher, Dr. Lawrence has a special interest in James Joyce and has held leadership positions in national and international professional organizations, including presidencies of the International James Joyce Foundation and the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. She has written or edited five books on literature and has published widely in leading academic journals.