Laura Strickler, a University administrator with a 15-year record of managing complex projects and large budgets and improving administrative processes, has been selected as the associate director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
In her new position, Strickler will work closely with the founding director, Emily Carter, to execute policy and strategic direction for the Center, which is dedicated to research and teaching in sustainable energy development, energy conservation and related environmental areas. Specifically, she will be responsible for financial management, staff supervision, academic management and facilities management.
Strickler joins the center from the Office of the Executive Vice President at Princeton, where she has held the title of associate director for administrative planning since 2006. She joined the University in 1996 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she was assistant director of admissions. At Princeton, she held positions of increasing responsibility in the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the Vice President and Secretary and in the Office of Information Technology.
“I am delighted to have found such a multi-talented person with such extensive University experience in Laura Strickler to be my partner in the years ahead as we cultivate and expand our research and educational activities in energy and the environment here at Princeton,” Carter said. “Laura’s infectious enthusiasm, roll-up-your-sleeves work ethic and expertise in organizational dynamics and strategic planning made her the perfect choice. I can’t wait to start working with her.”
Working with Executive Vice President Mark Burstein, Strickler has been a key person in working to increase efficiency, modernize operations and enhance infrastructure for the overall University. The work has involved extensive budget analysis, including Strickler’s recent service as primary staffer and secretary of the University’s Cost Savings Working Group.
Strickler earned her bachelor’s degree from William Smith College and a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.
The Andlinger Center was established in 2008 through a gift of $100 million from international business leader Gerhard Andlinger, a member of Princeton’s class of 1952. Planning is under way to build major laboratory, office and classroom spaces for the center at the intersection of Olden Street and Prospect Avenue. Carter, Princeton’s Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, was appointed in September 2010 to lead the center.
Strickler’s appointment at the Andlinger Center is effective Jan. 1, 2011.