Our Next Vice President for Finance & Administration

Dear Lawrence community,

We are excited to announce that Samir Datta will be joining Lawrence as our next Vice President for Finance and Administration. He will begin his work at Lawrence later this spring.

Samir will join us after a 20+ year career in various successful financial and managerial executive roles, including most recently as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), where he led a team strategizing short- and long-term financial planning for the state’s pension fund. His extensive experience is impressive and what we need as we position ourselves to thrive sustainably into the future. He has derived a sense of purpose from mission-driven work during his time at SWIB and has a sincere appreciation for higher education and the liberal arts in particular for its broad-based learning focus. You can read more about Samir on the Lawrence website.

Those who met with Samir during the hiring process appreciated his quiet confidence, active listening, and thoughtfulness; needless to say, his financial acumen. I’m grateful to the search committee for its hard work over the past few months. I also want to thank Mary Alma Noonan, who will work closely with Samir as he transitions to his new role at Lawrence. 

Please join me in welcoming Samir to Lawrence.