Lauren Pluhar is a native Texan with a passion for animals, communication, and supporting others. A second generation Aggie, she received her bachelors degree in animal science at Texas A&M University in 2009, and a master of science in marketing from Texas A&M University in 2013.
Lauren began her professional life at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences immediately following her undergraduate education, providing administrative support to the Dean of the college. It was a natural fit, as her husband, Joe, was a student within the DVM professional program. During that time, she gained valuable work experience and continued to develop her passion for small business, which shaped her decision to return to a full-time master’s program. Following her graduation, Lauren became an independent consultant, working with small businesses, both start-ups and established, as well as non-profits. Her drive was to help small businesses reach their target markets and communicate more effectively with current and potential customers.
Following a move back to Bryan/College Station in fall 2016, Lauren rejoined the college. She is excited to bring her skills to the Office of Research & Graduate Studies and enjoys being a part of a high-functioning team who deeply value research activities and graduate education. In addition to providing administrative support to the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, Lauren will support the research activities of the college.
Lauren and Joe are the parents of two fur children, Shorty, a Miniature Australian Shepherd, and Zooey Deschanel, a Himalayan. Lauren loves creating things, from artwork to furniture, and is the happiest when she is in her workshop.