Marie Lawrence

Life Sciences E Wing-LSE 223
School of Life Sciences
P.O. Box 874501
Administrative Director and Chief of Staff
University Staff
TEMPE Campus


Marie Lawrence is the Administrative Director and Chief of Staff at the School of Life Sciences. She directs the administrative, personnel and financial functions of a large science school within The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is responsible for overseeing and controlling unit budgets, providing leadership and direction to unit managers (business operations, personnel/HR, facilities, research, communications, graduate and undergraduate programs) building and maintaining a culture of collaboration and professional service in support of ASU's Charter and Design Aspirations.

She has held positions that support strategic planning and leadership in the School of Molecular Sciences, the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Mary Lu Fulton Teachers College, W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, The Honors College.

Additionally, Lawrence had fruitful careers in law office administration and business ownership prior to coming to Arizona and ASU. A life-long learner, she focuses on achievement by utilizing effective strategic planning, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to yield successful outcomes.




BA, Psychology (minor in Accounting) with Honors, City University of New York, 1987

MEd, Curriculum & Instruction, Summa Cum Laud, Arizona State University, 2010


Member Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology

Recipient of Clare Thompson Award from Richmond County Psychological Association for Academic Excellence and Community Service


Professional Associations

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO)

Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI)

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR)

ASU's Commission on the Status of Women's Mentoring Program



Volunteer - Phoenix Zoo's Special Education Outreach Program, 2002-2003

Volunteer - College of Education Preschool Program, 2008-2010


Estuche, Inc.-- Vice President, 2006-present

TH Artwork, Inc. -- Vice President, 2001-2005

KenMar Inc. -- Vice President, 1993-2001

Industry Positions

Law Office Administration & Customer Service

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison (Bankruptcy Law), 4/93-10/94

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (Bankruptcy Law), 7/76-4/93

Davis Polk & Wardwell (Mergers & Acquisition), 7/74-7/76

Art Sales, Inventory Control, Manufacturing & Customer Service

The Lawrence Gallery, 6/93-3/2003

Directly responsible for all aspects of business operation in retail and manufacturing setting including day-to-day and strategic operational issues such as sales, cashflow, sales and expense forecasting, merchandising, manufacture, inventory and ordering, vendor account and personnel management, pricing, promotion, re-branding & marketing campaigns, customer satisfaction surveys, dedication to customer service excellence; lease negotiations; successful outcome of application for $250K line of credit loan, including preparation of business plan and presentation to bank president; research, analysis and investigation regarding continuation of rental lease versus building purchase

  • Extraordinary results include doubling of sales and near tripling of profits of ongoing 10 year old business; reduced CGS from 40% to 28% through reorganization of inventory and ordering systems; improved customer service, product quality and computerization of sales supported product pricing increases; improved customer service resulted in increased repeat business, word-of-mouth referral, broadened customer base and increased customer satisfaction

Executive Education Courses

Franklin Covey -- 4 Roles of Leadership; 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

American Management Association -- 5-Day MBA Program

David Allen -- Getting Things Done, The Roadmap

Partners in Leadership -- Holiding Others Accountable

InsideOut -- Coaching Workshop

NACUBO -- Higher Level Accounting: Beyond the Basics; Strategic Financial Planning & Analytics; Program Costing: Increasing Net Revenue Through Efficiency

WACUBO -- Women's Leadership Forum, 2017

May Busch -- Career Mastery 2017; Accelerate Your Career 2018

ASU's LINAU - Supervisor Development Program; Mastering Leadership 2015