Laura McGregor, the assistant director of International Student Services, is leaving her post after working at ACU for more than 12 years.
After McGregor had her baby in December she took off time to spend with her growing family.
“She took maternity leave and has been taking sick leave and vacation time off and on since then,” said Stephen Shewmaker, interim director of the Center for International Education. “She was here mostly full time July, August and September but was still taking off time here and there.”
McGregor is being replaced by Leanne Moore (’12). Moore’s new title will be International Student Services Coordinator.
“I feel I’m adjusting really well to the job,” Moore said. “The people in the international office are wonderful people to work with. They’ve all been really helpful and supportive as I’ve transitioned into the job and I really appreciate that.”
Even though McGregor is no longer working in the Center for International Education, she will still be working on ACU’s campus as an adjunct instructor for two English as a Second Language courses.
“I love teaching and love getting to stay connected to international students and to the campus,” McGregor said. “I also love getting more time with my little boy.”
Many coworkers and students were effected by McGregor’s kind personality and passion for international students.
“She’s been a great asset for our international students and they’ve grown to love her and she’s formed many rich relationships with them,” Shewmaker said. “Laura was somebody that everybody liked.”
Although the departure of McGregor will be felt in the Center for International Education, students and coworkers are confident in Moore’s ability to take over McGregor’s role.
Mai Anthes, senior psychology major and president of the International Student Association, has already begun working with Moore.
“Laura McGregor worked with international students for many years and will be greatly missed,” said Anthes. “However, I have seen Leanne take the huge task of her position in stride and I have confidence that she will take up the challenge and do well as adviser for ISA along with the other roles she is responsible for in her position.”