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Faculty and Staff

Laura Carnes

Title: Director, Student Engagement and Success
Department: Academic and Student Affairs
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7120
Office: Starr Hall


Laura Carnes graduated with her Baccalaureate Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Tennessee Martin in 2004. She then completed her Master of Science Degree in 2007, also from the University of Tennessee Martin. While pursuing her M.S. Degree, Ms. Carnes wrote her thesis on the topic of Student Leadership in the Higher Education Environment. During this time, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Life at UT Martin, and then as the Coordinator of Student Organizations. While at UT Martin, Ms. Carnes worked the following aspects of co-curricular development: student organizations, leadership development, and new student orientation.

Ms. Carnes joined the University of South Carolina Lancaster in 2007 as Director of Student Life. She currently works as Director of Student Engagement and Success, where she oversees Student Life, New Student Orientation, Student Disability Services, Career Services, Personal Counseling Services, The Academic Success Center, and USC Connect.