Laura Schweitzer, PhD, is the University at Albany’s vice president for health sciences working remotely from Louisville, KY. She is also president emeritus of Union Graduate College where she served as president for seven years. She has a wide range of administrative experience, having served in key roles at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse University, Columbia University’s affiliate Bassett Healthcare and the University of Louisville. Prior to her administrative career, Schweitzer, a Duke- and Washington University-trained neurobiologist, was known for her contributions to our understanding of the relationship between structural and functional development in the auditory brainstem and deafness. Schweitzer received a PhD in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University in neuroscience and was named research faculty in 1985. Three years later, Dr. Schweitzer moved to the University of Louisville. She has published more than 50 scholarly articles and accumulated grant and contract funding in excess of $5 million primarily from federal sources including NIH, NSF, and HRSA. Laura Schweitzer is believed to be the first female PhD to lead a U.S. medical school. Before her medical school deanship, Schweitzer first served as the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center associate vice president for health affairs and the dean of allied health sciences. During her tenure, the University of Louisville saw a seven-fold increase in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Schweitzer received two national awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges – one as woman of the year and the leadership award from the Group on Faculty Affairs. As chief academic officer and Bassett Healthcare and Founding Regional dean, Cooperstown Campus for Albany Medical Center (Bassett is now a campus of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) Schweitzer pioneered the creation of a new two-year medical campus model, designed to respond to the dangerous physician shortage in rural New York. Prior to that, she served simultaneously as vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University and vice provost at Syracuse University. She has served as national faculty for both the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.
- SUNY University at Albany
- Prospect, KY