About the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence

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The Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence serves as a catalyst for developing leadership for the 21st century. The center started with the generous donation from Susan Butler.

The Butler Center provides research support, educational seminars, workshops, and experiences that enhance both aspiring and experienced leaders’ understanding and ability to manage today’s complex institutions of various types particularly colleges and universities. The mission of the center is to develop leadership capacity through research, education and collaborations that helps advance and broaden representation in academic decision making.

The center is now a pivotal institution for faculty on Purdue’s campus. Since 2017, the center’s efforts have revolved around two key strategies. The first strategy is focused on events and conferences as part of professional development and leadership and on fostering a climate of inclusion for faculty, particularly for women and underrepresented minorities. The second strategy emphasizes research and recognition that provides insights for workshops, interventions, and university policymaking in ways that will enable the success of women faculty.