Ernest Spaights Plaza Honoree
Laurie K. Glass
College of Nursing
Service to UWM: 1975-2005
Laurie Glass’ 30-year career at UWM reflects her commitment to the university’s success. This commitment was both internal – as a valued researcher, teacher and active participant in governance – and external, as she represented and brought credit to UWM before national and international audiences.
During significant campus transitions, she was involved in university leadership positions that brought to the forefront her ability to balance insight with common sense and consensus building, providing stability and wisdom to the campus. While serving on the University Committee, she proved to be a savvy leader, trusted adviser to the chancellor and outstanding faculty representative.
Glass significantly contributed to the College of Nursing and nursing’s future by coordinating the innovative Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Program, an affiliation with UW-Parkside to expand bachelor’s degree education to nurses across the state. As founder and continuing director of the UWM Center for Nursing History, she has developed the center into one of the state’s largest collections of documents and artifacts representing nursing.
Glass’ national and international service was designed to educate nurses everywhere and improve the condition of their clients through an enhanced knowledge of the forces that have shaped the nursing profession.