Dr. Lee Bird currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University-Stillwater and leads numerous functional areas, including the Student Union, Campus Life, University Counseling, University Health Services, Career Services, Dining, Residential Life and the Department of Wellness. Dr. Bird is an adjunct professor in OSU’s Student Development graduate program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1991. She has worked in some aspect of student affairs for 36 years.
Dr. Bird served as the President of the National Board of Directors for the Association of Student Judicial Affairs (now ASCA) and co-authored The First Amendment on Campus: A Handbook for College and University Administrators (2006), published by NASPA. In addition, she has several authored and co-authored book chapters on responding to emergencies and the First Amendment in the digital age.
Dr. Bird received both the Donald D. Gehring Award and the Parker D. Young Award for her work with the Association. She served on the University of Vermont’s Board of Advisors for the Legal Issues in Higher Education conference for over a decade. Dr. Bird consults and speaks regularly on topics such as student development, student conduct, campus threat assessment and crisis management, and the First Amendment rights of students. Bird previously served as the Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars in recognition of her work in Chinese higher education. Bird serves as the chair of the OSU Behavioral Consultation Team and is a FEMA, CERT and Incident Command Instructor Trainer.
Dr. Bird serves on a number of civic and professional boards including the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Council on Student Affairs and the Campus Safety and Security Task Force, Central Oklahoma American Red Cross board and Stillwater Medical Center Foundation board.