Laura Palmer Noone is the President and CEO of Potomac College. Prior to joining Potomac, she was the CEO of Piccolo Educational Systems from 2008 to 2010. Prior to that she was the president of the University of Phoenix from 2000 to 2006, where she led the largest private university in the United States. She retired from that position in 2006 and was named President Emerita of the institution.
Before serving as president of University of Phoenix, Noone was the University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for six years. She also served as Director of Academic Affairs at the University’s Phoenix campus for three years. She has served as a faculty member teaching business law, ethics, communications and leadership courses and was a founding member of the faculty for the online campus. She was named Outstanding Faculty Member in1989.
Dr. Noone’s legal experience includes 10 years as an attorney in general civil practice in Iowa and Arizona, and serving as a Judge Pro Tem for the city of Chandler, Arizona.
Laura lives in Arizona with her husband and two children. Among her many accomplishments, she has served as a member and vice chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), a member of the board of the American Council on Education, a member of the Governor’s P-20 Council and as the Chair of the Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education. She is a member of the board of advisors for the Phoenix School of Law and is very active in the philanthropic community, having chaired the first Phoenix Go Red for Women Luncheon.
Noone received her doctorate in higher education administration from The Union Institute. She received her juris doctor degree and master’s degree from the University of Iowa and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.