Laura Palmer Noone

Laura Palmer Noone has more than 30 years of experience in for-profit higher education, including serving as the chief academic officer and president of the University of Phoenix.

More recently, she joined Ashford University as interim vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer in September 2016 and was named senior vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer in November 2016. She is responsible for all aspects of Ashford’s academics and the academic mission.

In 2006, Noone was named president emerita of the University of Phoenix. She later became president and CEO of Saras Education, Inc. where she provided professional management and consultation to institutions of higher education, including enrollment and retention support, technology, and distance learning capacity.

Noone has served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), on the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and on the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. She has been a faculty member at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. At Lumina, she has served as the chair of the audit and finance committee.

Laura holds a B.B.A. from the University of Dubuque, an MBA and J.D. from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the Union Institute and University.

She and her husband Stephen Noone reside in Tempe, Ariz. with their two children Katerina and Nicholas.