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Loyola University Chicago Welcomes Lauren Serra Henderson BA ’13 to Board of Trustees


CHICAGO – September 26, 2022

At its quarterly meeting, Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees elected Lauren Serra Henderson BA ’13 as a Trustee with an initial term ending in 2025.

Board Chair Susan S. Sher JD ’74 congratulated the newest member, “We are pleased to have Lauren Serra Henderson joining our Board. Her professional expertise and passion for Loyola as an alumna of the University make her a strong partner in our duty to steward and uphold Loyola’s mission and the institution’s Jesuit commitments to academic excellence, social justice, and sustainability.”

Henderson is the founder of Lauren Serra, LLC. She works with clients in a variety of industries to build and improve their brand and communication strategies. She is also a partner with Open Chair Technologies, a consultancy and collaborative based in Chicago, where she develops growth marketing strategies for tech startups.

Prior to her career in communications, Henderson was a musical theatre performer appearing in productions throughout the Midwest. She earned her BA in Theatre and Dance from Loyola in 2013, where she earned the distinction of graduating as the first dance major at the University.

“I want to congratulate Lauren as we welcome her to the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola University Chicago. “She is a model graduate of our University, and a trailblazer of our Department of Fine and Performing Arts who embodies the very best of what it means to be Jesuit educated. Loyola is fortunate to have her insight and deep personal devotion to our work as the Board of Trustees steers important initiatives like the Strategic Plan, which continues to guide and shape Loyola’s mission to prepare students for extraordinary lives.”


About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 17,500 students. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a course location in Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens), and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 15 schools, colleges, and institutes. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations including AmeriCorps and the Carnegie Foundation. To learn more about Loyola, visit or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.