Lauren Packer Webster
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Lauren Packer Webster begins her tenure as director of athletics and recreation at Franklin & Marshall College in August 2020. She will be responsible for the management and development of 27 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals, fitness programs and all athletic facilities at one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts institutions.
Prior to F&M, Packer Webster spent 12 years at Mercyhurst University as a senior leader in one of the nation’s most comprehensive and successful multi-divisional athletics departments. With student success as her driving passion, Packer Webster helped guide the Lakers into competitive and operational excellence in the most successful decade of intercollegiate athletics at Mercyhurst.
Packer Webster began her tenure at Mercyhurst in 2008 and was promoted to associate director of athletics in 2014. She ascended to the role of interim director of athletics in 2018, serving at the helm for more than 10 months.
The Lakers thrived athletically with her leadership, earning a top-25 Learfield finish in 5 out of 10 years and a top-50 finish in 8 of 10 years thanks to a national championship in men’s lacrosse (2011), women’s ice hockey runner-up (2009), wrestling fourth-place finish (2016), 3 baseball world series appearances (2015, 2018, 2019) and a men’s basketball Elite Eight (2019). Packer Webster was also instrumental in securing high-profile championship events for the Erie community, including Division I events: 2021 Women’s Frozen Four, 2018 College Hockey, Inc. Ice Breaker Tournament and the 2011 Women’s Frozen Four, along with numerous regional and conference championships.
Packer Webster’s service commitments showcase a passion and dedication to the overall administration of the student-athlete experience. She has served as the national media coordinator for the Division II Women’s Basketball Elite Eight, working with ESPN2 and CBS College Sports to produce semifinal and national championship games. She has executed a four-year term on the Division II Wrestling National Committee in which she successfully lobbied a championship field increase of 20 wrestlers. Current committee work includes a four-year term on the Strategic Alliance Matching Grant committee where she will assist in the selection of funding for members committed to enhancing ethnic and gender representation in athletics administration and assistant coaching positions.
Packer Webster began her career as a director of media relations for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in 2008. She also has worked as a lecturer in public relations at Edinboro University. She is currently in the 2020-21 NCAA Pathways program, and a 2019 graduate of the Women Leaders Executive Institute and the 2018 NCAA/D2 ADA mentoring program. She received her master’s in Communication Studies from Edinboro University in 2006 and bachelor’s from Penn State in Communication and Media Studies in 2004.