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Lauren Way, MEd, EdD

Director, MS in Higher Education Administration; Associate Professor

BA, Smith College; MEd, EdD, University of Massachusetts

Dr. Lauren J. Way is the Director of the Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program. She teaches the Capstone course in higher education administration, in which students engage in original research projects, a course on women in higher education, and has taught many courses in entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in Bay Path’s management programs.

Dr. Way’s background combines twenty-one years of higher education administration and experience in launching and consulting for new ventures around the globe. In the early 1990s, Dr. Way lived and worked in Russia during the country’s transformation from communism to a free market economy, and worked as an international entrepreneur when she established one of the country’s first global commodities trading companies. She later worked at the Moscow law offices of White & Case, where she helped to advise and register new start-up ventures.

At Smith College, Dr. Way served in the International Study offices preparing students for international internships, Fulbrights and other fellowships, and worked on the initial application process for what would later become the Smith Praxis Program. Later she 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 was recently awarded a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to travel to Southeast Asia in order to research the transformation of the Malaysian higher education system as part of the country's move toward a knowledge-based economy. In the US, Dr. Way has served as a foreign language interpreter for the Olympic games. She has won a national teaching award in experiential education, and collaborated with multidisciplinary college educators from Cambridge, England to win the best USASBE conference workshop award on use of innovative academic collaboration practices.