As President of Leadership Oklahoma, Dr. Marion Paden is responsible for the adult and youth programs, fundraising, community relations and board management.
Prior to her current position, Marion was VP for Student Services at Oklahoma City Community College for more than 20 years. A Licensed Professional Counselor, she has a doctorate in higher education, masters in student personnel and counseling and a bachelor in psychology.
Balancing a career with community involvement, Marion has served on the boards of numerous state and national organizations including the College Board, Sister Cities International, American Red Cross, and Junior League. It was under her leadership as President of the Rotary Club of OKC that it became the world’s largest Rotary Club. A graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXI and Leadership OKC Class XI, Marion is the only person to have served as Program Co-Chair for LOKC’s adult, young adult and high school programs; and as Alumni Association President.
Recognition of her many civic and professional contributions include induction into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame, the Association of Women in Communications Byliners and the Journal Record’s Circle of Excellence, and The Oklahoman’s 21st Century Women. In her honor, Oklahoma State Regent John Massey established a scholarship to recognize students that serve their communities while achieving their educational goals.
A curious and avid traveler, Marion has toured five continents to visit historical sites, meet interesting people, discover unique foods/drinks, and spend time with family and friends. Marion shares her home with Spencer, a rescued Yorkie.