Dr. R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky

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Executive Vice President and Provost 

Dr. R. Lorraine (Laurie) Bernotsky is Executive Vice President and Provost at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the largest university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. In her role as Provost, Dr. Bernotsky leads the Academic Affairs Division, which is comprised of five colleges offering more than 100 academic degree programs and houses the Office of Institutional Research, the Global Engagement Office, the offices of undergraduate admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, The Graduate School, and undergraduate student support services. Roughly 850 faculty serve more than 17,000 students, 3,000 of whom are graduate students. In her role as Executive Vice President, Dr. Bernotsky leads in the areas of Budget as well as Labor Relations.

Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Bernotsky served as Associate Provost and Dean of The Graduate School at WCU, providing leadership in the areas of curriculum development, general education, new program development, program review, assessment, regional and specialized external accreditation, articulation agreements with other 2- and 4-year institutions, academic policies, and faculty development. During the past several years, she led the approval of WCU's four doctoral programs, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Doctor of Public Administration, a Doctor of Education, as well as the Doctor of Psychology.

Dr. Bernotsky is also the founder of WCU's Center for Social and Economic Policy Research. As the Center's founder and first director, her efforts in development yielded over $3 million in funding from state, foundation, corporate, and nonprofit sources to sustain the Center's research activities. The Center has strong connections with government and nonprofit organizations in the region and has prepared and disseminated dozens of technical research reports, presented findings in a variety of public and community venues (radio, print media, television, and live events), and maintained an active research, evaluation, and policy expertise presence on behalf of WCU for local and regional nonprofit, public, and private organizations.

Dr. Bernotsky earned an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Politics from the University of Oxford and an M.A. in Sociology from Temple University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in politics, research methods, and public administration. Her research interests and publications include women in politics, race, class and gender theory, economic development, as well teaching and learning. Her professional publications include policy papers and evaluation studies. Her community and professional activities include founding WCU's Legislative Fellows program, serving on the Leadership Chester County Board of Directors, and serving on the Chester County Economic Development Council Board of Directors.

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