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Name: Laura Ullrich
Position: Economics Associate Professor

Economics Associate Professor Laura Ullrich faced an auditorium of seniors recently ready to wrap up their high school years and eager to move on to Winthrop. She enticed them about the future saying they could reinvent themselves while at college.

She explained that she has done the same thing as a Winthrop professor.

Ullrich’s Ph.D. in economics and background in state and local taxation likely meant she would only work in that field during her academic career. She says now that was a very limiting viewpoint, and she has grown because she is willing to take risks.

Since joining the Winthrop faculty in 2007, Ullrich has tried out different classes and projects. She was recently promoted to join the leadership team of College of Business Administration as assistant dean for innovation and productivity. Dean Roger Weikle said she will work on helping to make the college better prepared for dealing with the changes in the higher education environment and will look for efficiencies.

In her new position she is currently launching a mentoring program and is working to build connections with alumni and other key business professionals in Charlotte. Ullrich is also researching new and innovative academic programs that will help Winthrop maintain its competitive edge amongst business schools.

In winning the 2014 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ullrich was cited for her wide-range of experiences in teaching and research projects where she also involved her students.

Here are some of her career highlights:

• Gave presentations at several conferences with the prestigious Lincoln Land Policy Institute in Boston between 2008 and 2014.
• Served as a Fulbright Scholar to teach economics in Kosovo in 2014. Accompanying her were her three sons. The Fulbright organization asked her to speak to other scholars on balancing her work and her home life at their recent orientation in Washington, D.C.
• Traveled to Bolivia in the summer of 2013 and 2015 with student groups to award South American entrepreneurs money to start companies in a microfinance project.

She also worked with a consulting group on two complementary studies on how the completion of Dave Lyle Boulevard from Rock Hill to U.S. 521 would provide unparalleled economic opportunity for York and Lancaster counties. One study focused on market access, while the second latest one described the economic impacts to York and Lancaster counties related to construction activity and changes in land uses. The possible extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard has been a topic of community discussion since at least the 1990s.

Last Updated: 1/14/16

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