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Sherburne Laughlin

Director, Arts Management Program
Department of Performing Arts

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Codirector, Arts Management Program
  • Sherburne Laughlin holds an MBA from Yale University and is a cum laude graduate of Davidson College. Her nonprofit management and philanthropic career spans over 20 years of executive director and program director experience. A professor since 1995 at AU, she has pioneered top-ranked courses in strategic planning, fundraising and governance. Her consulting work focuses on issues of governance, organizational development and strategic planning and serves all types of nonprofits, arts and non-arts, large and small, national and local. She has served on many arts panels, including the Montgomery and Fairfax County Arts Council panels and the national VSA arts panel. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Round House Theater and sits on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Davidson College. Laughlin co-chaired the national conference of Arts Administration Educators in 2010 and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.
  • Degrees

    MBA, Yale University
    BA, Davidson College

  • CAS - Performing Arts
  • Katzen Arts Center - 215

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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Round House Theater

    Advisory Board member, (2004-present)

  • Association of Arts Administration Educators

    Co-Chair, National Conference, (2010)

  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation

    Founding Board member, (1995-2005)

  • Fairfax County Commission on the Arts

    Panel member

  • Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council

    Panel member

  • VSAarts

    Panel member


  • Spring 2014

  • Fall 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

  • “Trends in Arts Management in the US”
  • “Arts Management and Cultural Policy in the United States”

Professional Certifications

  • Harvard University, Executive Program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management

Executive Experience

  • Executive Director, Support Center of Washington
  • Director, Consulting Services, Support Center of Washington
  • Director, Public Training, Support Center of Washington
  • Director of Development, WCPE Radio
  • Corporate Banking Officer, First Union National Bank

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