Biography of President Donald J. Laackman

Champlain College President Donald J. LaackmanDon Laackman was appointed Champlain College's eighth president in July 2014. Under his leadership, the College has strengthened its financial position, quadrupled the size of their online student body from 800 to 3,500, and brought a collaborative approach to governance of the College. His leadership experience at Accenture, Civic Consulting Alliance, and the City Colleges of Chicago position him to strengthen Champlain College's innovative educational model. Champlain blends career-focused education with interdisciplinary liberal study to give students the skills to adapt and succeed in a rapidly evolving world.

Laackman came to Champlain College from Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he served as president from 2011 to 2014. He played a key role in the college's "Reinvention" initiative, creating strategies and programs for diverse student populations while eliminating barriers to employment and addressing inequality in higher education.   

Prior to his presidency at Harold Washington, Laackman managed workforce and education programs for Civic Consulting Alliance, a non-profit partnership dedicated to reshaping how Chicago operates through building pro-bono teams of business experts, government leaders, and staff that develop strategies for making Chicago more livable, affordable, and globally competitive.

From 1984 to 2007, Laackman worked at Accenture, one of the world's leading consulting, technology, and outsourcing firms. Over his 23-year career with the company as a partner and managing director, he led strategy, sales, planning, change management, and information technology initiatives for clients of the financial services and insurance industry.

Since 2015, Laackman has sat on the United Educators' Board, where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee and sits on the Audit Committee. In addition to United Educators, Laackman currently sits on the board of VCET (Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies) and chairs AVIC, the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges.

Laackman received his BA degree in Economics, Politics, Rhetoric, and Law and a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Don is married to Allyson Laackman (view bio here), who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Burlington Housing Authority. They have two children, Donald and Emily.