LSU Finance’s Fran Lawrence Appointed to VHC Advisory Board

02/27/2012 03:57 PM

BATON ROUGE – Fran Lawrence, Ourso Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Volunteer Health Corps, or VHC.


Lawrence, a charter member of the organization, has served on the VHC parent board for five years, including a stint as treasurer. Although VHC is in the process of defining the board, its main goal is to retain and engage critical members rotating off the board. This is crucial to the clinic’s success because it is a volunteer-driven organization.


“VHC provides a critical resource to both the hospitals as well as the indigent,” Lawrence said. “The physicians relish the opportunity to do mission work in their own backyard, and board meetings are always celebratory. When the opportunity of chairing the advisory board came up, I was happy to do it.”


Because the VHC bylaws require the majority of parent board members be physicians, Lawrence feels her business background is an essential asset in guiding the startup and smooth transition to a fully funded nonprofit.


“I like being the business voice, and I enjoy the camaraderie outside of my typical academic world,” Lawrence said. “I have learned much about the health care delivery system and look forward to continuing service as a resource to VHC.”


Lawrence further explained the clinic’s unique partnership with LSU, in that it utilizes LSU Health System clinic space and assists uninsured patients referred by the public and private hospital emergency rooms. This partnership works to build a healthier community through access to health care for all.


The Volunteer Health Corps is a private non-profit organization serving in a volunteer capacity as a catalyst to forge partnerships between the private medical community and the public health sector in an effort to minimize delays in treatment, improve access to care for urgent problems and minimize the use of emergency rooms for chronic health problems. For more information about the VHC, visit


The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading, or SMART, Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute. For more information, visit, call 225-578-6291 or email

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012