B.A., Western State college of Colorado, Art, 2007
Laurel Becker (Butcher, ’07) moved from Hudson, WI to Gunnison in 2004 to attend Western State College of Colorado. She pursued a BA in Art: Ceramics and graduated in December 2007. She has worked at Western since 2004 when she started working in the Office of Student Affairs as a work study student, then transitioned to a professional role as Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs in 2008. In 2018, Laurel completed her Master of Public Administration: Higher Education Administration degree from Southern Utah University, and in December of that year took the position of Registrar at Western. Laurel and her husband own a home in Gunnison with their cat and two dogs.
How did you discover Western?
Because I came from a small town, I wanted to attend a small college. I was interested in Architecture at the time, and Western had a great program that had a lot of focus on environmental efficiencies (such as solar). Once I got here, I found that the industry was not what I expected, but I loved the college and Gunnison and wanted to stay.
What are some of the highlights of your career?
I have enjoyed being part of both Student Affairs and Academic Affairs. Being able to see the value in all areas of a university has been invaluable.
What most excites you about your field?
I like being able to help students, as well as faculty and staff, succeed. I like being a reliable resource.
What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?
I love that we are a small, comfortable valley that cares for each other. The people are always there to help others and be friendly and welcoming.