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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Erick Lauber


IUP/Life Framing Inc.

Dr. Erick J. Lauber received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan Psychology Department over 20 years ago and has been teaching, training and producing educational materials ever since. His scholarship has appeared in over 100 journals, magazines and book chapters and his media products have won over two dozen national awards.

Early in his career, Lauber thought that his career should match his natural strength in math and science as opposed with his personal desires for communication.

“It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I realized it didn’t fit my personality and I was more useful to the wider community as a communicator, trainer and media creator,” he said.

In 2004 he joined the faculty of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has since taught communications, journalism and leadership to thousands, both on- and off-campus. He has been a leader or president of numerous for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, and has won both regional and national leadership awards. Recently, he created several leadership programs for young and mid-career professionals and is training more and more people in the basic principles of collaboration, communication and leadership.

He is a “bit of a fitness nut” and competes in triathlons and half-marathons every year and recently competed in the Open Cross Fit games through Green Fire Cross Fit in Indiana, Pa.

He resides in Indiana with his wife of 25 years, Betsy Lauber (director of the Foundation for IUP). Their three grown children are dispersed across Ohio, South Carolina and Arizona, studying engineering or working in risk analysis.

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