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Sherburne Laughlin

Senior Professorial Lecturer Department of Performing Arts

Additional Positions at AU

  • Chair, 40th Anniversary of the Arts Management Program
  • Middle States Accreditation Committee
  • College of Arts and Sciences Term Faculty Task Force
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, 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 Arts Administration Educators in 2010 and now serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators. Laughlin chairs the Graduate Standards Committee, which recently published the revised Graduate Standards in Arts Administration Education.


MBA, Yale University
BA, Davidson College

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CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 215
Contact Info
(202) 885-3485 (Office)

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See Also
Performing Arts Department
Arts Management Program

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


  • Spring 2016

  • Summer 2016

    • SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs: Strat Fundng/Grant Wrtg Basics
    • Description
  • Fall 2016

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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