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Paul Orser 71G 74G


Paul Orser

Last fall, the Laney Graduate School held its first ever reunion for alumni of the graduate program in Biology. Dr. Paul Orser 71G 74G imagined, organized, and implemented the wonderful occasion as co-host. Orser's graduate work was in the Dept. of Biology, and his gratitude remains strong and genuine. Paul maintains a wonderful relationship with his advisor, Dr. Donald Shure. An academic at heart Paul believes mentoring is the high calling of every professor. Though his re-connection with Emory has been fairly recent, in addition to hosting a reunion, Paul has initiated a peer-to-peer fundraising effort, and is the Laney Graduate School's newest representative to the Emory Alumni Board serving on the Student-to-Alumni Experience committee. Paul never knew a stranger and has maintained countless friendships with Emory students, graduates, and faculty. No doubt these relationships will influence Emory for years to come.

Dr. Paul Orser received his B.S. from Wake Forest and M.S. and Ph.D. from Emory. Upon completing his degree, Paul joined Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston where he served as Senior Environmental Scientist and later as Manager of Marketing Services. In 1989, he returned to Wake Forest, holding positions in Admission, Public Affairs and Student Life. In 1993, he joined the Office of the Dean of the College as Associate Dean and Dean of Freshmen, served on the First Year Seminar, Academic Affairs, Orientation and Lower Division Advising, Enrollment Projection Committees, and the Undergraduate Research Center. Dr. Orser founded the WAKE Washington internship program and received two Upton Foundation Grants to support faculty and student development and research in Washington, DC. He currently serves as a fellow at The Washington Center for Academic Internships. Since 1997, he has also assisted hundreds of families in the college search, selection, and admissions processes through his consultancy, My College Matters.