on the City Council

Meet Laura's family

Laura was born in Fort Meade, Maryland where her father was a Sergeant in the Army.  She spent most of her childhood in Skokie and Niles and went to Niles North High School, where she met her husband of 43 years, Larry.  Laura moved to Highland Park almost 18 years ago.  She has two terrific children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and a dog.  You can often find Laura and her dog, Barney, walking around the neighborhood or at Sunset Park.

Laura is a community leader; professional college educator and consultant with substantial faculty leadership, negotiations, interest-based problem solving, mediation, shared governance, strategic planning,retention, curriculum, professional development, and assessment experience.  She has written textbooks as well as professional articles in the area of higher education.


About Laura Saret 

Community and Other Volunteer Activities

  • Housing Commissioner, City of Highland Park
  • Board Member, Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)
  • Board Member, Highland Park Volunteer Pool
  • Human Services Task Force, City of Highland Park
  • College Bound Opportunities (CBO) Mentor
  • Board Member, Ravinia Neighbors Association (RNA)
  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Leader
  • President, Oakton Community College Chapter of the State University Annuitants Association (SUAA)
  • Volunteer for local and national political campaigns

State-wide Activities (current and past)

  • Illinois Board of Higher Education Task Force to set an agenda for higher education in Illinois
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education Task Forces for Teacher Accreditation
  • Executive Committee Member of Illinois Community College Faculty Association, an advisory committee to the Illinois Community College Board

Leadership Activities and Experience

  • Co-chair of Strategic Planning Committee, Oakton Community College
  • Faculty Senate and Faculty Association (IEA/NEAA) Presidents, Oakton Community College
  • Assessment Coordinator, Oakton Community College
  • Diversity Committee Leader
  • Developed Faculty Seminars including Ethics and Multicultural Classroom


  • EdD, Adult Education & Community College Management, Northern Illinois University (1993)
  • MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (1975)
  • BS and BSE Mathematics & Secondary Education, Northern Illinois University (1972)
  • Other formal education:
    • Master Online Teacher Certificate, Online Teaching & Learning, University of Illinois (2011)
    • Higher Education Leadership, American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship (2004)

Paid Work Experience

  • Business/management experience in banking and pharmaceutical industries
  • Adjunct Professor of Higher Education, Benedictine University--Teaches and advises higher education doctoral students (2013-Present)
  • Leadership and Education Consultant with experience in pension reform, curriculum development and assessment, interest-based problem solving, mediation, negotiations and union relations, strategic planning, classroom retention, professional development, and various other education, leadership, management and business topics (2012-Presdent)
  • Professor of Business and Computer Technologies, Oakton Community College (Retired, 2012)
    • Taught courses in business, management, and computer technologies
    • President of Faculty Association (IEA/NEA)--Represented 150 faculty of College's Board of Trustees, the administration, and other non-faculty groups; successfully led faculty through four interest-based contract negotiations
    • Department Chairperson, Computer Technologies and Information Systems--Led a department containing 4 disciplines, approximately 30 faculty, and offering roughly 130 sections per semester. Responsible for student outcomes assessment, planning and leading department and professional development meetings, interacting with advisory committee, part-time faculty hiring and evaluation, student recruitment and advisement, marketing and community relations, articulation, maintaining the departmental web site, and extensive curriculum development and revision.Type your paragraph here.
    • Faculty Coordinator for Teaching and Learning--Developed the Teaching/Learning Center and coordinated professional development