Laura Butler, Director of Public Affairs and Leadership

Laura Butler’s educational background includes two Bachelor degrees; one in Journalism and Public Relations and the other in Sociology.  Laura began her professional career in marketing in the California Central Coast before earning her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Laura’s professional experiences have focused in development, advocacy, policy analysis and alternative dispute resolution practices. 

Prior to joining the University of Central Oklahoma, Laura served in judicial affairs working within the University of California higher education system, most recently from UC Berkeley.  Her role at UCO focuses on leadership development, civic engagement and public affairs.  Laura chairs TEDxUCO, manages the Public Affairs Task Force, instructs as adjunct faculty, serves on multiple committees and as an advisor for various student organizations including the Leadership Central scholarship groups: President’s Leadership Council and Leaders of Tomorrow.  Laura is also active in the UCO, Edmond and Metro community by participating and serving on multiple community boards and organizations.

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