Laura Howes

Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies Ed Balleisen announced that Laura Howes will begin a new role as Director of Bass Connections and the Rubenstein Fellows Academy, effective May 1.

Howes has been part of the Bass Connections team for the past three years as Associate Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. She led the program evaluation effort, managed financial modeling for the program and developed resources for the project teams.

Before coming to Duke, Howes was Director of Finance and Development at the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. Prior to that, she served as Senior Program Manager at the Partnership for Public Service, where she designed and managed leadership development and cultural change initiatives for federal agencies. She has a BA in public policy analysis and political science from UNC Chapel Hill and an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Balleisen notes, “We are confident that Laura will thrive in this role. She will help Bass Connections build on the great platform that has been constructed over the first four years of the program.”

Bass Connections’ previous Director, Hallie Knuffman, began a new role as Chief of Staff to Provost Sally Kornbluth on April 1. Howes served as Interim Director during the month of April.