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Laurel Becker

Laurel Becker

Registrar
She/Her/Hers
Taylor Hall 300D

Education

M.P.A., Southern Utah University, Higher Education Administration, 2018
B.A., Western State college of Colorado, Art, 2007

Biography

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.

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