TU Announces New Law Dean

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Published on 2/24/05

Robert A. Butkin, currently the State Treasurer of Oklahoma, has been named the new Dean of The University of Tulsa’s College of Law. “We are pleased to have someone of Robert Butkin’s stature agree to lead the College of Law into a new era. He brings a depth and breadth of experience to the post that will serve the university and its law students well,” said Steadman Upham, president of The University of Tulsa.

Acknowledging his appointment Butkin said, “I am excited and honored by this opportunity. I look forward to building on the College of Law’s tradition of excellence. I also look forward to forming a strong partnership with faculty, students, administrators, and alumni to provide a nationally recognized environment for legal instruction, research and preparation for future leaders.”

Butkin has a distinguished career especially in public service. His accomplishments include drafting legislation that created Oklahoma’s College Savings Plan, co-chairing the effort to pass two state constitutional amendments that now allow Oklahoma state-supported colleges and universities to engage in technology transfer and the commercial development of ideas developed on college campuses.

He also co-chaired the successful effort that created a permanent constitutional trust fund for tobacco settlement monies. Butkin chaired Governor Elect Henry’s transition team. He recruited a bi-partisan group of business, civic and political leaders who assisted the governor in identifying key issues. He also held the position of assistant attorney general of the state and was an associate attorney with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Hogan and Hartson.

He has served in various organizations including holding the presidency of the Southern State Treasurers Association. He chaired the Banking, Collateral and Cast Management Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers.

Butkin received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale College in Connecticut, graduating magna cum laude in 1975 with distinction in history. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1978. He was one of 15 Americans to be named a Henry Luce Scholar in 1978 and served as visiting fellow at the University of the Philippines Law Center in Quezon City.

Butkin’s community activities include serving on the boards of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, the Oklahoma Academy, Leadership Oklahoma and as a trustee of Congregation B’nai Emunah Endowment.

He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Nina, and three daughters, Olivia, Julia and Claire. Nina is vice president for Fabricut, an international textile company headquartered in Tulsa.

Butkin will assume the position on June 1.