Laura Palmer Noone

Laura Palmer Noone


Forbes School of Business and Technology®
"Attitude is Everything."


  • PhD

    Union Institute and University

  • J.D.

    University of Iowa

  • MBA

    University of Iowa

  • BBA

    University of Dubuque

Honors and Awards

  • National Chairperson

    “Open Your Hearts to Newborns in Need” Campaign, 2004

  • U.S. Department of Education National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, 2001-2007

    Vice Chair 2001-2006

  • Director

    American Council on Education Board of Directors, 2003-2006

  • Member

    American Council on Education Commission on Leadership & Institutional Effectiveness, 2001-2004

  • Institutional Member

    Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

  • Institutional Delegate

    The College Board

  • Textbook Reviewer

    West Publishing

  • Board of Directors

    Experience Matters (2014 – present)

  • Chair

    Capital Development Campaign, East Valley Child Crisis Center (2006-2007)

  • Board of Directors

    Child Crisis Center (2001- 2009)

  • Board of Directors

    Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (2005-2011)

  • Board of Directors

    Arizona Foundation for Women (2009- 2011)

  • Chair, Board of Advisors

    Girls for A Change (2005-2007)

  • Chair

    Phoenix “Go Red for Women” Luncheon, American Heart Association, May 2005

  • Chair

    American Heart Association Board, 2006 - 2007

  • Guest Teacher

    Art Masterpiece Series, Cielo Elementary School, 2005, 2006-2008

  • Board of Directors

    Banner Health Foundation of Arizona, 1997-2013

  • Teach For America

    Phoenix, Arizona, November, 2001

  • Appellate Brief Judge

    Canby Moot Court Competition, Arizona State University College of Law

  • Chair, 2022

    Child Crisis Arizona (2020 – present)

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed to practice law in Arizona and Iowa (Arizona State Bar #009528) (inactive)

  • Admitted to practice before United States District Court

  • Admitted to practice before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Women Presidents Organization

  • American Association of University Women

  • National Council for Research on Women

  • American Bar Association

  • Arizona State Bar Association

  • Maricopa County Bar Association



Laura Palmer Noone possesses more than 35 years of experience higher education including serving as the Chief Academic Officer and President of University of Phoenix. In 2006, Laura was named President Emerita of the University of Phoenix. She then became President and CEO of Saras Education, Inc, where she provided professional management and consultation to institutions of higher education, including enrollment and retention support, technology and distance learning capacity. Laura served as President and CEO of Potomac College in Washington DC, where she brought the college to viability and gained approval for the college’s first master’s degree. Most recently, Laura served as Chief Academic Officer for Ashford University where she coordinated the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation and several structural changes. She currently is faculty in the Forbes School of Business and Technology at University of Arizona Global Campus.

Dr. Noone has served as a member of the Secretary of Higher Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), on the board of directors for the American Council on Education (ACE) and on the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for 13 years. She was a member of the board of directors of the Lumina Foundation for Education, and served as the Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Laura is currently a proud member and past chair of the Board of Child Crisis Arizona. She resides in Tempe, Arizona with her husband Stephen and their rescue dogs.

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