The Office of the President

Board of Trustees

The Higher Education Act of 1969, as amended, created the Board of Trustees as an integral part of the Utah System of Higher Education. As provided in the Act, the State Board of Regents delegates to and vests certain powers in institutional boards of trustees.

  • Responsibilities and objectives of the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees:
  • Facilitate communication between institution and community
  • Assist in planning, implementing and executing fundraising and development projects aimed at supplementing institutional appropriations
  • Perpetuate and strengthen alumni and community identification with the University’s tradition and goals
  • Select recipients of honorary degrees
Eric Leavitt

Eric O. Leavitt (Chair) is the President of Leavitt Group Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of The Leavitt Group — a network of over 115 independent insurance agencies located in 14 states. After attending Southern Utah University, Eric graduated from the University of Utah in 1986 and then in 1988, earned a master's degree from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Before joining The Leavitt Group, Eric worked for five years in the independent power industry developing cogeneration projects in Massachusetts, Vermont, Utah and California. He serves on the Board of Directors of Zions Bank and also on its Trust Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Eric resides in Cedar City with his wife Melissa and their six children.

Sherrie Hansen

Sherrie Hansen (Vice Chair) runs her own State Farm Insurance business in Cedar City and has worked in the insurance and financial services for 24 years. She is licensed as a Registered Representative for State Farm VP Management and is also a member of The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors where she served as the IFAPAC Chair for the southern Utah organization. Sherrie is no less dedicated to her community and serves on several committees and boards, including the Safety Solutions Coalition, the Veteran Memorial Park Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Professional Advisory Committee for Planned Gifting at SUU. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Cedar City and was the club's first female president. Sherrie enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, hiking, reading, gardening, fishing and spending time with her children and seven grandchildren.

Ann Marie Allen

Ann Marie Allen Born and raised in central and southern Utah, Ann Marie Allen brings to her post as trustee a wealth of institutional knowledge and commitment to the University’s ongoing success. Daughter to Kay L. McIff, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees when Southern Utah State College became Southern Utah University, Ann Marie is the second of her family to stand as trustee and leader of SUU. A 12-year resident of Cedar City herself, Ann Marie and her family are heavily involved in the campus and local communities in both voluntary service and as deputy Iron County attorney, commissioner for the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, an appointee to the Utah State Indigent Defense Taskforce, and partner for the Barnes & Allen Law Firm in Cedar City. She also presently serves as a Rotarian and was distinguished as a Paul Harris Fellow within that organization. Ann Marie earned her juris doctorate from Brigham Young University. She is married to Randy Allen, a professor within SUU’s Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, and the couple has three children.

Matt Cannon

Matt Cannon With a legacy of athleticism and scholarship, Matt Cannon returns to SUU as trustee, helping to direct the University's ongoing progress. Cannon is an attorney for Ray Quinney & Nebeker, a post he assumed after serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Paul G. Cassell at the U.S. District Court. Cannon received his bachelor’s degree at SUU in English and political science at the end of a four-year career as starting quarterback, slotback and punter for the SUU Thunderbirds. Cannon set four NCAA Division I records and numerous SUU records, securing him a spot in an elite group of just three Thunderbird athletes to have their number forever retired. He went on to play professional football in Germany, then returned to Utah and completed a juris doctorate at Brigham Young University in 2006. Cannon and his wife Jen are the parents of four children and reside in Salt Lake City.

Shannon Dulaney

Shannon Dulaney is currently the Iron County School District superintendent and holds a rich career of education under her belt. After attending California State University Fullerton, Shannon graduated in English and then continued her education at Southern Utah University where she obtained her master’s degree in education. Since then she earned her doctorate of education from the Emma Eccles School of Teacher Education at Utah State University in 2010. Dedicating her life to education, Shannon has spent the majority of her career working with at-risk students and the teachers and administrators who serve them. She was also an assistant professor at Brigham Young University’s McKay School of Education. Shannon now resides in Cedar City with her husband Tim and their four children.

Marshall Erb

Marshall Erb, a native of Eugene, Oregon, who now lives in Draper, Utah, has worked in accounting and finance throughout his professional career since completing the accounting program at Portland State University. As the owner of KME Associates, he has also worked at EnergySolutions as treasurer and senior vice president, was the chief financial officer at Enviocare of Utah, and was the western region director for finance and accounting for XO Communications. With a penchant to give back, Marshall has served as an influential member of many corporate and startup company boards and on several community boards and committees on every level, from the political to those within his local neighborhood. When he is not in the office, Marshall enjoys fly fishing, golfing, snow skiing and baseball. He and his wife Debora have been married for the past 28 years, and the couple has raised three daughters. Their youngest, Michelle, is a proud SUU graduate.

Jeff Hertig

Jeff Hertig has served in the Southern Utah University Student Association (SUUSA) for three years and is now honored to be representing students as their student body president and as a trustee. Hertig found his way to SUU from his hometown in Bountiful, Utah after finding a scrap of paper on the ground with SUU's logo at the top. Though he had never heard of SUU before that moment, it soon became his second home. Having been involved in many organizations on campus, Hertig loves to brag about his education at SUU and never fails to sell the opportunity T-Birds have to "experience more.” An accounting major, Hertig met his wife, Heidi, who is studying dance education, while they both were serving in SUUSA. Both will have their bachelor degrees by July 2014 and look forward to Hertig moving onto SUU’s Master of Accountancy program. Jeff and Heidi will always be proud to be T-Birds.

David Nakken

David Nakken is a heralded businessman in southern Utah, dedicating his life to the auto industry and to serving his community, especially Southern Utah University. He got his first start with this University when he obtained his bachelor’s degree from in 1988, since then he has gone on to be the general manager of Parkway Autoplex Ford Lincoln in Cedar City and Parkway Volkswagen in St. George. With almost 30 years of business expertise to sustain him in his role as trustee, David is also a dedicated believer and benefactor of SUU, helping immensely with the recent completion of the L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Center for Health and Molecular Sciences on the University’s campus as the co-chair of the campaign.

Elyce Schmutz

Elyce Schmutz brings to her post as trustee a legacy of leadership and a business management expertise. Raised in Cedar City, Elyce graduated with her bachelor’s in communication from Southern Utah University and went on to receive a master’s degree in communication and organizational behavior from Brigham Young University. Working with various companies such as Adobe Systems Inc., Novell Inc., and Altris Inc., Elyce executed marketing strategies and developed marketing collateral as a senior marketing manager and partner marketing senior manager. Along with her corporate duties, Elyce has served on several boards, including Woman Tech Council, Utah Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau, and was the VP of marketing and programs for the National Alumni Board for the past three years. She now resides in New Harmony with her husband Brad.

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