Laurie Lauzon Clabo

Laurie Lauzon Clabo

Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Laurie Lauzon Clabo


Provost Clabo has a strong background in academic leadership, including more than 14 years of experience as a successful dean. She is a nationally recognized expert in nursing and interprofessional education with a record of strong national leadership.

Dr. Clabo is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and the Wharton Executive Leadership Program and has served in a variety of leadership roles in professional organizations. She is a member of several editorial boards and a frequent national speaker on issues related to workforce development, interprofessional education and competency-based education. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Her leadership of two transformative national policy initiatives spearheaded a bold agenda for the national-level redesign of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) education. Her three-year leadership of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) APRN Clinical Training Task Force led to AACN’s adoption of strategies designed to increase the APRN workforce, reduce bottlenecks in the education pipeline and prepare APRNs with identified competencies for practice.

Subsequently, her leadership of the APRN Competency-Based Education for Doctorally Prepared APRNs Work Group — a working group of 26 national nursing organizations — led to the establishment of the first national common competencies for APRNs, impacting the education and practice of the approximately 250,000 advanced practice nurses in the United States and the first common taxonomy for competency-based education accessible to nurses, interprofessional partners, regulators and the public.

During her time as dean at Wayne State University, the College of Nursing has grown in national prominence. Dr. Clabo’s accomplishments include significant growth in philanthropy, the reversal of a decline and now solid growth in research funding and graduate enrollment, and an extraordinary rise in national rankings that now place the college’s graduate programs among the top 50 in the country and the undergraduate program in the top 5% nationally. Dr. Clabo also led the opening of the new Campus Health Center, considered state-of-the-art in its field, and the Taylor Street Primary Care Clinic, a patient-centered, nurse-managed primary care practice serving the residents of Virginia Park.

As interim provost, Dr. Clabo led the university’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She also spearheaded the integration of student-facing health services on campus under a single umbrella, including the adoption of a single point of contact for mental health services, the expansion of clinical services provided by Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) — including 24/7 after hours services provided for all WSU students — and the establishment of the Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education (OSVPE).

As Wayne State’s chief academic officer, Dr. Clabo is the second-ranking executive officer of the university and responsible for all matters related to the instructional mission of the university including faculty matters, student performance and retention, and academic personnel policies and decisions, among other duties.

Dr. Clabo received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Windsor, her master’s in nursing administration from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Rhode Island.

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