Public Affairs & Economic Development

The Office of Public Affairs and Economic Development at The University of Tulsa serves as the liaison between TU and government at the state, federal and community levels.

skyline at sunsetWelcome to the Office of Public Affairs and Economic Development at The University of Tulsa. We serve as liaison between TU and government at the state, federal and community levels.

Our mission is to advance learning opportunities through service for our students, support the research interests of our faculty and build lasting partnerships that mutually benefit the university, our neighborhood, and our city. In fulfilling this mission, the Department of Public Affairs and Economic Development plays a critical role in support of The University of Tulsa's aspiration to join the ranks of the top 50 universities in the country and deliver on its promise to be "Tulsa's University."

The Office of Public Affairs and Economic Development is responsible for:

  • Actively seeking government funding for university research, programs and activities.
  • Developing and implementing strategies for the university's coordinated response to challenges, threats and opportunities related to federal, state and local legislation and regulation.
  • Developing and implementing strategic partnerships with civic, business, education and philanthropic sectors as well as government at all levels for the benefit of the university including Gilcrease Museum, Downtown, and North campuses.
  • Directing and expanding True Blue Neighbors (TBN), the university's coordinating arm for a robust student, faculty and staff volunteer clearinghouse, to a community service, research and development center.