Lanny Raper

Thank you for the opportunity to share my experience with the Human Relations Department. In the mid-1980’s I was working in municipal government at the mid-management level. My career had essentially plateaued and I had decided that it would be to my advantage to further my education. While exploring options I learned of the Human Relations program at the University of Oklahoma and, more importantly, the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education. The center offered the degree I wanted with classes in a concentrated short format on weekends that allowed me to fast-track my program. I am pleased to say that not only did achieving the degree result directly in forwarding my career but carried over into my personal life as well.

I would also like to take a moment to pay special tribute to the Human Relations department head at the time, Dr. George Henderson. While I am confident that I would have achieved the degree in any event Dr Henderson certainly facilitated it. Not with shortcuts or cutting corners but by offering viable options overcame issues that arose. He accomplished this by directing the department more in keeping with the spirit of the department rather than the letter. He exemplified the “Human” in Human Relations.

I hope this will be of some small benefit.

Lanny Raper