Laura T. Brown currently serves as the assistant vice president of Kent State University Advancement Information Services.
In this role, Laura leads her team to implement a data centric vision that advances Kent State Division of Institutional Advancement’s fundraising capabilities through strategic application of technology, data, and analytics to inform our decisions and guide productive actions. Laura also provides leadership for centralized data management, business analytics and reporting, technology management, prospect research and portfolio development units within the division.
Laura began her career at Kent State in April 2008, and has also served in the positions of Director and Executive Director of Advancement Services, where she assumed responsibility for the gift accounting, biographical data and reporting teams.
In her roles at Kent State, Laura has been an advocate for data governance and business intelligence throughout her tenure. In response to leadership needs for a more robust reporting environment, she led the creation of a data warehousing team and introduced new tools and processes that support the analytic and functional data needs of the division. Most recently, a technology roadmap has been developed that moves the division toward newer technologies such as AI enabled software and updated data insight tools that ultimately provide a higher level of productivity for all areas of the division.
Laura’s roles prior to joining Kent State focused on leading collaborative teams that blended data, technology and process to develop unique solutions to business problems. These roles included business intelligence consultation services and leadership within insurance and manufacturing industries; custom online and store retail solutions, inventory control and warehouse automation solutions; and manufacturing automation and data collection systems for the tire and energy industries.
Laura graduated from Mount Union College in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Summa Cum Laude, with honors work completed in mathematics.