Class of '84
As a teenager, Kim MacLeod (BS ’84) knew she wanted a career in communications. The Muskogee native got her start as a high school student writing for Tahlequah’s local paper. She studied two years at Northeastern Oklahoma State University then found her true career aspirations after transferring to The University of Tulsa. Classes offered through TU’s mass communications program combined with courses in political science and psychology were the right mix for MacLeod who works today as communications director for the City of Tulsa.
MacLeod is a 16-year veteran of city hall and has worked with four different mayoral administrations. She oversees a centralized communications department that manages the city’s website, coordinates communications plans with other departments, distributes city news releases and holds news conferences. As the primary contact for all media, she and her team manage the city’s social media accounts and serve as the communications arm for most of Tulsa’s non-uniform departments. Although the fast-paced world of city government can be challenging, MacLeod said college prepared her for such a demanding job.
“TU was a good foundation for public service which requires great effort and a multifaceted approach to reach nearly 400,000 constituents,” she said.
MacLeod said she appreciates TU’s well-rounded curriculum and the many opportunities students have to learn about community involvement.
“It’s a school that focuses on public service – I even see that more now that I am out of school. We have contact all the time with the university, and we recognize what a great contributor TU is to the community.”