Meeting of Minds

Leon Hershberger with Dr. Carolyn TaylorDr. Carolyn Taylor

Department of History & Political Science
Ed.D., Political Science/Higher Education, Oklahoma State University
M.A., B.A., Political Science & History, University of Oklahoma
Member, Oklahoma House of Representatives, 1984-1992

Research: Presently completing books on the experiences of women in Oklahoma and state funding of education.
Academic specialties: American federal, state, and local government; political campaigns; elections and voting.
Faculty sponsor: RSU President’s Leadership Class, Washington Center Internship Program, Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
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Leon Hershberger

Tulsa, Oklahoma
B.S., Business Administration – Management
Intern, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Taylor helps her students understand how government operates, but more than that, she challenges us to realize our potential as citizens.”  – Leon Hershberger

Leon Hershberger is fascinated by how business works, and nurtures a passion for politics on the side.

His dual interests presented a dilemma when it came to selecting a college major. “I thought I had to choose one over the other,” he said. But at RSU, he was able to pursue both by taking advantage of the university’s cross-disciplinary study opportunities, majoring in business administration with a minor in political science.

He also received guidance from his mentor, Dr. Carolyn Taylor, who steered him toward the Washington Center Internship Program. RSU is one of only three universities in Oklahoma to participate in this prestigious program, which allows Leon to meld his interests in business and political science with a summer internship at the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C.