Bruce L. Olsen
From 1989-2008 Olsen served as the managing director of the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, overseeing government and community relations as well as media affairs for the more than 14 million-member church.
His influence in the public relation arena started at BYU, where he completed a bachelor's degree in Journalism (1963) and a master's degree in Communications (1965). He later returned to the campus, where he served as an assistant dean and registrar, associate professor of communications and assistant to the president of university relations.
After twenty years at BYU Olsen went on to work as the director of corporate communications for Geneva Steel and then as the managing director for the Public Affairs Department of the LDS Church, as afore mentioned. From 1982-1985 President and Sister Olsen presided over the Massachusetts Boston Mission of the LDS Church.
Through the years he has continued to support the BYU Department of Communications through involvement with the BYU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Olsen was honored at the Spring 2006 Commencement exercises as the featured speaker and a recipient of the distinguished Franklin S. Harris Award for his service to the college and for upholding the values and aims of BYU. In 2012 he was honored during the Homecoming festivities with a Distinguished Service Award.
Brother Olsen married BYU alumnus Christine Payne, who received a degree in Nursing. They are the parents of five children.
- Homecoming Awards 2012
- Interview with Bruce Olsen
- Bruce L. Olsen, Wikipedia
- Alumni and Friends Reception Speech
- BYU Magazine - Homecoming Honors (Fall 2012)
- YNews - BYU honors alumni, outstanding citizens at Homecoming 2012 (5 Oct 2012)