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The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence serves as a catalyst for developing leadership for the 21st century. The Butler Center provides research support, educational seminars, workshops and experiences that enhance both the aspiring and experienced leaders' understanding and ability to manage today's complex institutions (multiple types), particularly colleges and universities. The mission of the Center is to develop leadership capacity through research, education and collaborations that help advance and broaden representation in academic decision making.

In October 2004, Susan Bulkeley Butler, a former member of the Purdue‘s Board of Trustees and a 1965 alumna of the Krannert School of Management, donated $3.65 million to endow the Center for Leadership Excellence and a chair with the same name. Butler, who retired in 2002 from Accenture as the first female managing partner, serves on the Campaign for Purdue Steering Committee, the President's Council, Women of Purdue, Krannert School of Management's Dean's Advisory Council and Purdue Research Foundation board of directors. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Leadershape and Junior Achievement. In 2003, she created the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Women Leaders, which offers leadership training for women. Butler, an inspirational speaker and author, published Become the CEO of You, Inc., a how-to primer on planning and developing one's career and personal potential. In 2010, she published Women Count: A Guide to Changing the World, a book that explores what needs to happen in the next decade to bring equality in sight.

The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence is pleased to announce that, beginning August 1, 2011, the Women's Resource Office (WRO) has merged with the Butler Center. The Butler Center will continue to provide leadership development, programming, research and networking opportunities. As part of the Butler Center, the WRO will adopt the new name of Women's Resource Network (WRN) and continue to provide resources and support services to the academic community. The Butler Center, and all of its programs, including the Conference for Pre-Tenure Women, Purdue Women Lead and the Women's Resource Network, can now be found at our new web address: www.purdue.edu/butler. This reorganization provides the opportunity to maintain the many hallmark programs of both the Butler Center and WRN under one organizational unit, as well as offer resources to expand programming and services to new audiences in the future. Please explore the website for additional information about upcoming programs and events.