Mission Statement

The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy actively supports UVU's global engagement efforts by:

  • Advancing UVU's presence and prestige in the international community;
  • Helping UVU students become globally competent graduates;
  • Promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community;
  • Creating opportunities for engaged learning and regional economic development through cultural exchanges and diplomatic visits.
Dr. R.E. Butler

Dr. R.E. "Rusty" Butler

Associate Vice President, International Affairs and Diplomacy

Dr. Butler is the Associate Vice President for the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy and Director of the Utah-Russia Institute at Utah Valley University. In addition, he is the Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation in Utah and member of the Utah Consular Corps which represents all foreign consulates in Utah.

Dr. Butler's career started as a professor of linguistics in Canada from which he branched into private business in western Canada and the United States. He later served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Senate and the Reagan White House before entering management with the Boeing Corporation in its military operations. He returned to the academic world at UVU in 1992.

Dr. Butler was twice awarded the medal of merit by the Russian Foreign Ministry and has published in the Ministry's journal, International Affairs. He was awarded an honorary degree from the Kyrgyz National University He is an accomplished triathlete, cyclist, marathon runner and plays ice hockey in his spare time.


Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett

Program Coordinator & Chief of Protocol, International Affairs and Diplomacy

Amy Barnett comes to UVU as a skilled international events manager, having acted as the principal relations liaison between mostly Russian speaking National Olympic Committees/dignitaries and the organizing committees for both the Salt Lake 2002 and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

She has six years of international customer service management experience and has trained staff throughout much of Eastern Europe. Her volunteer experience spans several years and includes collaborating with LDS international charities and a variety of Russian non-profit organizations. She also worked as a visa and travel agent, as well as a Russian interpreter in Utah and English teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Amy is a passionate traveler and loves to share her insights and experiences of favorite places abroad. She uses her creativity to enrich international hosting events at UVU and her work environment.


Hailey Eggleston h

Assistant, International Affairs and Diplomacy

Hailey is currently a junior studying international politics and is working towards graduation. While here at UVU she has become involved in Women of the Mountains, an international conference that UVU hosts. She is the secretary for the conference and the Vice President of Utah International Mountain Forum. Through these programs she has been able to help organize a worldwide venue for open conversation on gender issues and mountain sustainability.

In 2011 Hailey was able to move to China for five months. While there she taught English and immersed herself in the culture and language. Because of the positive experience she had, Hailey was hired to move to Russia in 2013. She worked as a leader for a group of seven teachers in Voronezh, and managed the progress of the school and over 100 children. Both experiences instilled a love for culture from all around the world. It also gave her critical understanding of different cultures, China and Russia both being paramount to the global arena and American international relations.

Hailey hopes to one day work with an NGO or governmental organization that deals with gender or social issues.