Lori grew up in Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin and was active in music, sports, and church. The oldest of six children, she was also the first in her family to go to college, where she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This experience did more than teach Lori about herself and the world. It also had a lasting impact that shaped her career.
The key to any career is having a passion for what you do. Lori Reesor knows that as well anyone.
I worked in sales for a while after college, but then I realized I wanted to work in higher education–specifically, student affairs. I have never turned back, and I love what I do.
Lori then earned a master’s from Iowa State University. A Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, and two certificates from Harvard University soon followed. In July 2016, she became vice provost for student affairs and dean of students at IU Bloomington.
Since arriving at IU, Lori has spent much of her time getting to know students, parents, staff and faculty, and helping connect students to the resources they need. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the School of Education.
I love the energy, insight, and passion students bring to campus.
Lori previously served as vice president for student affairs at the University of North Dakota; associate vice provost for student success at the University of Kansas; associate dean in the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Education; and dean of students at Wichita State University.
She is involved in NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and is co-editor of "Beginning Your Journey: A Guide for New Professionals in Student Affairs" (fourth ed.). She is married and has two teenage children who keep her busy supporting their activities and involvement.
Most of all, I’m committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion, and helping all students feel welcome here at IU.