After a comprehensive national search, Northwestern University has selected Laura Wayland to serve as the executive director for the Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA). Laura will manage the day-to-day operations of the NAA and set the strategic direction for alumni programs reflecting the world-class stature of Northwestern. Her first day will be March 1.
Laura brings to the executive director position a breadth of experience, a penchant for relationship building, and a passion for higher education and strengthening community through alumni engagement. Since 2008, she has served as the senior director for Alumni Relations and Reunion Campaigns at Georgetown University. Prior to Georgetown, Laura was the director of Alumni Relations at Ohio Wesleyan University from 2002 to 2008 and associate director for Alumni Relations at the University of Dayton from 1995 to 2002.
Laura earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Illinois State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton, and she received academic certificates in Leadership from both Harvard and Georgetown.