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Sherburne Laughlin Hurst Sr Professorial Lecturer Department of Performing Arts

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(202) 885-3485 (Office)
CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 215
Additional Positions at AU
Chair, 40th Anniversary of the Arts Management Program
Middle States Accreditation Committee
Chair, Faculty Senate Committee on Term Faculty Language in the Faculty Manual
MBA, Yale University
BA, Davidson College

Favorite Spot on Campus
Any garden on campus
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 full-time professor since 2007 at AU, she has pioneered top-ranked courses in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing 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 DC, Montgomery and Fairfax County Arts Council panels and the national VSA arts panel. She is currently serving on the City Fund, which is awarding $15 million over 3 years to the arts and workforce development in the District of Columbia. Until recently, she was a member of the Advisory Board of Round House Theater and for 16 years served on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Davidson College. Laughlin co-chaired the national conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators in 2010 and chaired the Graduate Standards Committee, which recently published the revised Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education. She is now the President of the Association of Arts Administration Educators.
See Also
Performing Arts Department
Arts Management Program
For the Media
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Round House Theater
    Advisory Board member, (2004-present)

  • Washington Area Women’s Foundation
    Founding Board member, (1995-2005)

  • Davidson College
    Trustee, Executive Committee, Campus Life Committee Chair

  • Fairfax County Commission on the Arts
    Panel member

  • Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council
    Panel member

  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
    Co-Chair, National Conference, (2010)

  • Association of Arts Administration Educators
    Planning Committee, National Conference, (2009)

  • VSAarts
    Panel member

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

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

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

Professional Certifications

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