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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Laura Sawyer Truell, Ed.D.

Title: Clinical Instructor
Department: Sport and Entertainment Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-576-7615
Office: Close-Hipp 728
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Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado
M.S., Georgia Southern University
B.S., University of South Carolina


Laura Sawyer Truell is an experienced educator with a passion for teaching and prior industry experience with companies including Coca-Cola, Colonial Life, Monster and SCANA Energy. She has expertise in event management and has managed many events including the Olympic Trials (Women’s Marathon), Cartoon Network’s Smash Tennis, and the Denver Bronco’s Stadium Emergency Action Team. She has taught at USC since 2000 and loves being in the classroom above all else.


  • SPTE 201 – Introduction to Sport Management
  • SPTE 385 – Ethics in Sport and Entertainment Business
  • SPTE 444 – Sport and Entertainment Event Management
  • SPTE 635 – Sport and Entertainment Event Development

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