Laura A. De Veau
Vice President for Student Affairs
Laura De Veau currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Mount Ida College in Newton, MA. Laura arrived at Mount Ida College in August of 2008 as the Director of Residence Life, she was promoted to Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life in July of 2011 and Interim Vice President for Student Affairs in April 2013.
Laura De Veau has worked in the field of higher education administration since 1989. Her expertise is in the areas of residence life, strategic planning, staff recruitment, leadership and student engagement, however, she considers herself a student affairs generalist. A graduate of Boston University’s School of Education and College of Communication, Laura holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and a B.S. in Journalism.
Laura has been a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) since 1991 and has received multiple regional awards from NASPA including: Outstanding Mid-Level Professional for Massachusetts (2006), Program of the Year (2009) and Continuous Service to NASPA (2011).
As a leader in the area of Student Affairs Administration, Laura is past State Director for NASPA, a past-president of the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education, and a former member of the American Council of Educators Massachusetts Office of Women in Higher Education Massachusetts board. She has been recognized by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center as a Champion for Change in 2008.
Laura has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus since September of 2007, and was elected to the positions of President and Vice President during her tenure on the Board. The 175 member organization performs to over 10,000 audience members a season, and was named by CBS-WBZ as one of the top 5 Choirs in the city of Boston. As President, she was the first straight woman to serve in this role.
A published writer, Laura is a contributor to the book, “Lessons from the Road: Inspirational Insights from Leaders in Education.” She was also a founding writer and contributor to Momicillin.com a nationally recognized humor blog for Moms. Laura is also a former stand-up comedian, and is still a sought after presenter at conferences and campus training opportunities for student and professional staff.
She lives in Newton, MA with her husband and daughter.