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Laura Gilland

Associate Director of Admissions for Counselors and Territory Management / Transfer Coordinatorlaurawimpey.jpg

I was born and raised in East Tennessee and decided to attend a college in Western NC because it was "close to home but still felt far away because it was in another state and over the mountains."  I've maintained and fostered a love for North Carolina since then and had opportunities to visit family in Salisbury. I spent time on Catawba's campus attending theatre performances and athletic events and loved how it felt like the archetypal southern liberal arts college and quintessential North Carolina.

The intimacy of Catawba's campus and the friendliness of its faculty, staff and students made the institution a top choice when I set my sites on returning to the Admissions field. Living in Salisbury provides the unique experience of feeling at-home southern charm while being close to one of the fastest growing cities in the south with many cultural experiences – Charlotte.  I have chosen to work for small private liberal arts colleges for nearly ten years because I believe in the quality of the education they provide and the wealth of experiences they offer. It is exciting for me to help prospective students find the southern gem that is Catawba.  I am also eager to be a part of our new presidents vision and am looking forward to what will certainly be a fantastic future for the campus.

I manage prospects and applications from Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as Transfer Students. Many of these areas mimic both the environment and demographic of Catawba and prospective students find that any distance from home suddenly becomes a non-issue when they step onto Catawba's welcoming campus.

I look forward to talking to students from these areas and answering any questions you might have about Catawba. Please complete our Information Request Form to learn more or feel free to contact me at


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