Meet the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

GLDr. Gloria Laureano is the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University.  Her areas of responsibility include providing vision, leadership and supervision of the following units:  Assessment and Strategic Planning, Center for Student Leadership, Student Advocacy, Student Engagement, and Strategic Initiatives.  Additional areas of responsibility include serving the Division of Student Affairs in support and upon consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs.  Prior to joining KSU, Dr. Laureano served as the associate vice chancellor and dean of students at Winston Salem State University where she supervised Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Student Conduct, and Career Development Services, Wellness Center (combined units of Counseling Services, Pharmacy, and Student Health Services).  She has 20 years of experience in higher education which includes experience in a student affairs division leadership team, academic and student services administrator, academic department administrator, undergraduate and graduate (department) advisor, and recruiter. 

At Winston-Salem State University Dr. Laureano chaired the university’s threat assessment/behavioral intervention team, alcohol and other drugs prevention, and student affairs orientation program.  At the University of Central Florida she chaired the Hispanic Retention Committee, was appointed to serve on several committees to address students’ academic standards, alcohol and other drugs, and the University Fee Committee.  Dr. Laureano  served as associate graduate faculty at the University of Central Florida and has served on various doctoral dissertation committees. 

In addition to her experience with the educational system (K-20), Dr. Laureano also worked in the private sector.  She was a member of the Leadership Team for phase III funding of ENLACE FLORIDA (Engaging LAtino Communities for Education), a statewide partnership grant project with other state universities in Florida with the goal of improving college readiness, access, and success of Latino and other under-represented students.  Her community involvement has included service on community boards in Florida and in Winston-Salem. 

She serves on the Executive Team for the NASPA Region III Board as the Chief of Staff/Secretary for the 2016-2018 term.  She is a member of the inaugural class of the NASPA SERVE Academy, and a graduate of the class of 2014 of the Harvard’s Institute of Management and Leadership Program and the class of 2013 of the Leadership Winston Salem Program.

Dr. Laureano holds a BA degree in Spanish Secondary Education from Purdue University, a M.A. in Educational Leadership-Student Personnel Services, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Central Florida.