Encyclopedia of UNCG History

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After receiving a diploma from Statesville Female College (now Mitchell Community College), Laura Hill Coit enrolled at State Normal in 1894. During her time as a student, she worked as a student assistant in the science department. She graduated in 1896. In 1901, she took on the role of secretary of the college and administrative assistant. In this position, she carried out a multitude of tasks, including serving at times as registrar, admissions officer, placement officer, director of religious activities, and financial aid director. Her health began deteriorating in 1937, but she held this role until her official retirement in 1939.

Coit was also active in the Alumnae Association. She served as business manager of the Alumnae News, secretary-treasurer, and twice as president of the Association. In 1922, she was made honorary president of the Alumnae Association.

In 1938, Coit Residence Hall, which had opened in 1923, was named in Laura Coit’s honor.

Coit died in 1944.