This council consists of President Scott Wyatt, his executive assistant, and eight of SUU's top administrators. This group convenes on a regular basis to discuss issues of top importance to the University and to advise the President as he makes executive decisions. The group has amassed more than 150 years of combined higher education administrative experience.
Bradley J. Cook has been serving as the provost of Southern Utah University since August of 2009. In this role, he provides the final oversight of all academic matters at SUU. Brad comes to SUU most recently from Dubai, where he was director of the Abu Dhabi Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Brad served as vice president for academic affairs at Utah Valley State College. Brad holds a doctorate degree in Middle East studies from the Oxford University and two degrees, a Master of Arts in Social Science Education and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, from Stanford University. In addition to his work in higher education administration both within the U.S. and abroad, Brad has taught college courses in Middle East politics, international relations and global communities.
Jennifer Oberhelman began her time at SUU in the spring of 2008 in the capacity of Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Chief of Staff. Jennifer is currently serving as the Executive Assistant for the President and Vice President for Finance & Administration. She received her BS in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2001.
Michael Carter serves as the Assistant Attorney General and Legal Counsel to SUU. He was appointed to this position in 1988 after running his own private legal practice for two years in Cedar City. As an employee of the Utah Attorney General's Office, Michael deals with nearly all the legal issues on SUU's campus: policy, risk management, employee and student discipline, real property, state and federal compliance, procurement, contracts, debt collection and litigation. Michael graduated from Southern Utah University with bachelor's degrees in both accounting and business administration. He then attended Brigham Young University where he received his Juris Doctorate law degree. Since then Michael has earned a Master's of Accounting at SUU.
Jared Tippets was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Utah University in January 2015. In this capacity he oversees student life outside of the classroom. His professional career has been spent working in both the student affairs and academic sides of higher education administration, most recently as Director of Student Success at Purdue University. He has also worked at the University of Kentucky, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Utah Valley University. Tippets, originally from Bountiful, Utah holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems (Utah State University) and a Masters (University of Missouri-Columbia) and Ph.D. (University of Kentucky) in Higher Education Administration. His research interests are in retention and completion efforts along with leadership and organizational change strategies in higher education.
Stuart Jones serves as vice president for advancement and is responsible for the development and alumni relations efforts of the University. He also oversees SUU's Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, which seeks to engage students in the political process. Stuart currently directs the campus’ most ambitious fundraising effort to date: "The Future is Rising” campaign – a $100 million initiative seeking to increase funding for scholarships and endowments, enrich the student experience at SUU, and enhance campus facilities and amenities. Stuart returned to SUU as the vice president for advancement in 2007, having served in similar positions at two northern California universities. He holds a law degree and Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, an MBA from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University.
Mindy Benson has progressed through a variety of positions, including director of student life and leadership and executive director of alumni relations. She is a professional event planner and has produced a range of concerts and other productions nationally. She oversees Alumni Relations, Regional Services (which encompasses Head Start and Early Intervention, the Utah Center for Rural Health and the Business Resource Center and Small Business Development Center), Utah Summer Games, Community Outreach & Summer Conferences, and Special Events (such as commencement, homecoming and concerts).
Marvin Dodge was appointed vice president for finance and administration July 2014 after serving in the same capacity at Snow College beginning in 2008. As a member of President’s Council, Marvin oversees all financial operations at SUU including business offices, cashiers, treasury services, purchasing and auditing. He is also responsible for all buildings on SUU’s campus including maintenance, renovation and construction. Marvin’s experience also includes serving for three Utah governors in various administrative functions. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in public administration, both from Brigham Young University, where he also taught government and finance classes at its Marriott School of Management.
Thomas McFarland was appointed to the position of chief information officer in January 2013 as Southern Utah University’s first CIO. In this role, he is responsible for the operation of campus networks and computers for the safe, effective use of information technology and strategic planning. Coming to SUU with more than 30 years of experience in information technology within the academic and private fields; most recently was the dean of Utah Valley University’s School of Technology and Computing and prior to that served for 21 years with the U.S. Air Force in analytical marketing and as chief of operations. McFarland received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with studies in computing and electrical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in computer resource management from Webster University.
Terri Day has been serving as the assistant to the president for planning and institutional effectiveness at Southern Utah University since February of 2015. In this role, she overseas Institutional Research and Assessment, accreditation efforts and works to align the University's resources with its planning efforts. Terri comes to SUU after spending ten years in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, where she served as the Executive Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness for the Tarrant County College District and as the Associate Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness for the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to that she was the Coordinator of Student Success for Jefferson Community College in upstate New York. Terri holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute and an Associate of Arts in Social Sciences from Herkimer County Community College. In addition to her work in higher education administration, Terri has taught sociology and general education development courses and is a reviewer for the Mid-Western Educational Researcher. Terri was born and raised in Herkimer, NY.
Emily Dean was elected to the position of Southern Utah University Faculty Senate President by her peers for the 2014-15 academic year. The Faculty Senate represents the faculty in matters relating to the formulation of University policies and works “to ensure that SUU promotes quality education, honors scholarly pursuits in all their forms, and protects academic freedom for all faculty members and students.” In addition to serving as senate president, Emily is an associate professor of anthropology. Prior to her arrival at SUU in 2006, Emily taught as a visiting instructor at Colgate University and the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned her Ph.D. in anthropology in 2005. When not on campus, Emily does archaeological research in the Andean region of South America.
As the current Southern Utah University Staff Association president, Jared Wilcken leads the Staff Association, which is responsible for promoting high professional standards amongst SUU staff members and being an advocate and a representative for all staff to University administration and governing boards. In this peer-appointed position, Jared and the Staff Association are also tasked with creating a spirit of fellowship among all SUU employees and students.