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The University of Central Oklahoma physical campus will be closed to all but essential employees through May 31.
Alternative instructional delivery methods will be used for the rest of the spring semester, May intersession courses and summer blocks I and II. Many university services will continue to be available online. For more information, visit the university's COVID-19 website.

Director Pub Affa/Lead Central

University of Central Oklahoma


Laura Butler Claussen, M. Ed, brings experience in policy analysis, leadership development and civic engagement, to her role as the Interim Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma.  She previously served in a joint role as the Director of Public Affairs and Leadership focusing on public affairs and leadership development and advised multiple student organizations including the American Democracy Project and Leadership Central scholarship groups: President’s Leadership Council and Leaders of Tomorrow. Laura chairs TEDxUCO and TEDxUCOWomen, through TED Talks.  She also serves the university as an adjunct professor instructing courses in leadership, cultural competency and retention. 

Laura’s professional experiences have focused on leadership development; advocacy; policy analysis and Alternative Dispute Resolution practices.  Prior to joining the University of Central Oklahoma, Laura served in judicial affairs at multiple campuses within the University of California higher education system.  Laura is certified in Restorative Justice and Practices from UC Berkeley, Conflict Mediation from the Donald D. Gehring Academy, Nonprofit Management from the Oklahoma Center for NonProfits, Inclusive Excellence from California Polytechnic State University, Leadership and Public Administration Legislation and Public Administration Municipalities from Oklahoma City University. Her educational background includes two bachelor degrees one in Journalism and Public Relations the other in Sociology. Her professional career began 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 is active in the Oklahoma City Metro community and serves as an executive board member with several local organizations including with the Edmond Chamber of Commerce on the Leadership Edmond Steering Committee as Chair and a member of the Chamber Government Relations Committee.  Laura is also engaged with Edmond Mobile Meals, Youth Leadership Edmond, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits and the Oklahoma State Regents Economic Development Committee.  Laura served as a keynote speaker for Oklahoma Chamber leadership programs and the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Student Board of Directors. Laura has received multiple awards and recognition for her work and involvement including the 2019 Integris Volunteer of the Year by the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. Laura is a graduate of Leadership Edmond Class XXX and the Tinker Air Force Base Honorary Commander program class in 2019 where she was selected as the graduation and inauguration speaker.

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