Laura Puckett-Boler is a consultant with Spelman Johnson, an executive search firm recognized for its work in identifying and recruiting outstanding leaders in education, advocacy associations, and social impact organizations. Based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Laura leads searches across a range of institutional types and administrative functions, with particular depth of practice in student affairs, auxiliary services, human resources, and finance and administration.
Prior to joining Spelman Johnson in February 2019, Laura served as vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She held progressively responsible roles during her 28 years with USC Upstate, including director of student activities, director of student life, dean of students, and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs. Laura began her higher education career as student activities program coordinator at Texas Christian University, followed by an assignment as assistant director of university activities at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Laura is committed to developing long-term, value-based relationships with clients and candidates. She is passionate about helping people grow professionally and matching them to positions that make the best use of their skills and experience. Leveraging her professional network and leadership experience on campuses, within associations, and through voluntary service, Laura assists mission-driven organizations in recruiting the talent they need to build successful teams and achieve their strategic goals. Clients appreciate her positive outlook, consultative approach, keen ability to understand their specific needs, and proven expertise in planning and executing successful searches.
Laura earned her undergraduate degree at Berry College in Georgia, and completed her MEd and PhD coursework at the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA).