Meet the Staff

Photo of Laurie NormanLaurie J. Norman

Director of Alumni Relations
(919) 843-6979
103A Peabody Hall, CB 3500
Chapel Hill, 27599-3500

B.S. 1983, UNC-Chapel Hill

Laurie Norman works to build and maintain a productive relationship with alumni, friends and supporters of the School of Education. She oversees the School’s alumni program and recommends and implements strategies to increase the value of events for our key constituencies and for the School. In addition, she coordinates the Annual Fund for alumni and friends of the School of Education.

As an undergraduate at Carolina, Laurie was a founding member of the Order of the Bell Tower – the student alumni association – and served as its president her senior year. In July 1983, she joined the staff of the General Alumni Association where she worked for 13 years as the director of alumni activities. Laurie worked in the private sector for 6 years before returning to Carolina and the School of Education in 2002.

Laurie is an active community volunteer, serving on the boards of the University Woman’s Club, Preservation Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Historical Society, and the Public School Foundation.

Photo of Michael R. HobbsMichael R. Hobbs

Director of Communications
(919) 962-8687
103B Peabody Hall, CB 3500
Chapel Hill, 27599-3500

B.S. 1985, Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

Mike Hobbs directs a communications program that promotes the mission of the School of Education. He serves as a liaison between the School and the media, and implements a range of public information activities for the School. He is editor of the School’s alumni publication, The Carolina Slate, which is mailed twice a year to 12,000 alumni and friends, and The Carolina Slate Online, which is sent electronically each month during the school year. 

Before coming to Carolina in 2010, Mike was director of communications for Peace College in Raleigh, N.C., for seven years, where he implemented an integrated marketing and public relations plan and directed media and public relations for the college. He was awarded the Bingham Award for Campus Excellence in 2008. His work as editor-in-chief for Peace College’s twice-yearly alumnae magazine was recognized with an Award of Excellence from District III of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 2006.

Earlier in his career, Mike worked with The Herald-Sun newspaper in Durham, N.C., and with, a daily online news and information service for financial advisers. He also worked for four years with UNC-Chapel Hill’s biweekly faculty/staff newspaper, the University Gazette, serving first as a staff writer and later as interim director of internal communications for UNC-Chapel Hill. He was honored with a Resolution of Appreciation from the UNC-Chapel Hill Employee Forum in 1997. He also has worked at The Associated Press.”

Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, an organization that seeks to protect and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway. He also serves as chair of the Democratic Party, Dogwood Acres precinct, in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Photo of Leslie DeslisLeslie Deslis

Assistant Dean for Development
(919) 843-9277
101D Peabody Hall, CB 3500
Chapel Hill, 27599-3500