Laura Jacobs Anderson

University Registrar at Willamette University

2021 AACRAO Elections - Nominations and Elections Candidate

I’ve long wished to be more involved in AACRAO, but worried that I didn’t have the time to commit to doing it well. I finally realized that I also don’t have time to NOT take my turn to ensure the continuing strength of this organization that I value so much! Last year I was thrilled to be chosen to participate on the Closed or Merged Institutions Work Group. Despite taking place during the pandemic, I thoroughly enjoyed the work and the group of colleagues (new friends) with whom I was lucky enough to collaborate. And I am beyond proud of the final report we provided for our organization. I am already benefitting from it as my institution works to merge another institution into our organization. Last month I was offered the opportunity to co-chair the Local Arrangements/Volunteers Committee for our Annual Conference in Portland (April 3-6, 2022 – See you there!) I jumped at the chance and am so excited to get started. I would absolutely love to be chosen to serve on the 2022-2023 Nominations and Elections Committee. I’ve worked lately to be more mindful of who and what is missing from conversations and groups. I’m far from perfect in this area, but am committed to the self-work necessary to be better. It would be an honor to help solicit nominations for leadership roles within AACRAO and to make sure that candidates fully represent all aspects of our organization


Laura Jacob Anderson is in her eighth year as University Registrar at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and is currently a member of 2 merger implementation teams. Willamette University announced on September 17 that the Pacific Northwest College of Art would join the university to become Willamette's fourth school. The current timeline aims for completion of that merger by January 1, 2021. The university is also in a longer-term merger process with the Claremont School of Theology. Prior to joining Willamette University, Laura was an Associate Registrar at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.