Director, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration Program; Director, Entrepreneurial Program; Associate Professor of Management
Higher Education Administration
BA, Smith College; MEd, EdD,University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Dr. Lauren J. Way is the Director of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, and Director of Bay Path College’s Entrepreneurial Program. She teaches the capstone course in higher education administration as well as the women in higher education course, and has taught multiple courses in entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in Bay Path’s management programs.
Dr. Way’s background combines fifteen years of higher education administration with experience in launching and consulting for new businesses around the globe. In the early 1990s, Dr. Way lived and worked in Russia during the country’s shift from communism to a free market economy, and became an international entrepreneur by establishing one of the country’s first global commodities trading companies. Later, she worked at the Moscow law offices of White & Case, where she helped to advise and register new start-up ventures. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Way served as an interpreter in the 1996 Olympics for the Russian, Belorussian, Estonian, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian Olympic yachting teams.
She worked in the Smith College International Study offices with students preparing for international internships, Fulbrights and other fellowships, and helped develop the initial application process for what would later become the Smith Praxis Program. Dr. Way later served as the associate director of the Lemelson Assistive Technology Development Center at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she was a co-PI on program grants of up to $2.5 million.
Dr. Way has presented and guest lectured both nationally and internationally. She recently won a national teaching award in experiential education, and collaborated with college educators from Cambridge, England to win the best workshop session at the 2010 national USASBE conference.
Dr. Way has also worked with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance on invention and technology based entrepreneurship efforts; she oversaw the development of an innovative United Nations exhibit; and she currently serves as the College’s Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative Faculty Advisor. Her research interests include women’s leadership, and the impact of disciplinarity on administrative leadership styles. Dr. Way did her undergraduate work at Smith College. Her MEd is in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration for Higher Education, and her EdD is in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.