Laurie Peters, Ph.D., RN is the coordinator for accreditation logistics and program assessment at Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana. She brings with her many years of experience and expertise in program evaluation, accreditation, and assessment. Previous roles have included: assistant dean for program evaluation at Indiana University School of Nursing (IUPUI); vice president for Nursing Education (statewide), assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs (Kokomo, Indiana), and dean for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Division (Kokomo, Indiana) at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
Previously, each of those leadership roles included a significant focus on program assessment, evaluation, and accreditation. During her tenure in Kokomo, Indiana, she was appointed to the following boards and committees: Kokomo Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights; Howard Regional Health Systems Foundation Board of Directors; chair, Greater Kokomo Downtown Association; Executive Committee for Leadership Kokomo; Waterford Place Health Campus Advisory Board; Vice Chairman of the Healthier Community Advisory Board; member of the Kokomo Community Healthcare Forum; and member of the Regional Healthcare Skills Alliance.
Dr. Peters has served in several state and national leadership positions including: co-chair, Indiana Commission for Higher Education Single Articulation Pathway committee for Nursing; Indiana Center for Nursing Board of Directors; Council of Indiana Nursing Deans and Directors; Indiana University School of Nursing Board of Advisors; President and Vice President, Indiana State Board of Nursing; external consultant, Louisiana Board of Regents; National Council of State Boards of Nursing Practical Nursing Practice Analysis Panel of Experts; Indiana State Board of Nursing Education Subcommittee; Indiana Career Pathways Committee on Integrated Academics for Health Sciences Programs; Indiana Workforce Development Commission, State Action Team for Health; Indianapolis Star Salute to Nurses, Awards Selection Committee; and the Indiana Governor’s Commission on Long Term Caregivers.
Since 2013, Dr. Peters has been engaged with the National League for Nursing (NLN) Commission on Nursing Education Accreditation, initially as a member of Standards Committee, responsible for writing the standards for the new national nursing accreditation body. Most recently, she has served as co-chair for the Program Review Committee and Initial Program Application Subcommittee.
In addition to receiving her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration, and Foundations from Indiana State University, Dr. Peter’s completed her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner from Ball State University, and her undergraduate degrees in nursing from Indiana University at Kokomo. Her doctoral research focused on the impact of remedial education on nursing student success.
Dr. Peters has been recognized for her many contributions to health, health education, nursing education, and community service through receipt of various awards including: Kokomo Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Council of Kokomo/Howard County, Elizabeth M. Foster Award – Recognizing Trailblazing Women for Their Contribution to Health and Health Education in Howard County; Kokomo Tribune’s Difference Maker Award Recognizing Outstanding Women for their contributions to the community; Ivy Tech’s Glenn W. Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction, presented to one individual statewide who displays excellence in instruction and student engagement; Ivy Tech’s “President's Award for Excellence in Instruction,” and Kokomo Academy of Women’s Award for Excellence in Education and community volunteer efforts.