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Ellen Horsch

Vice President for Administration

  • MA, Economics, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University

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Ellen S. Horsch was appointed vice president for administration at Michigan Technological University in 2004. She oversees the administration areas which include Business Operations, Public Safety and Police Services, Risk Management and Compliance, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Campus Auxiliary Services, Office of Continuous Improvement, Facilities Management, and Human Resources.

From 1990 until 2004, she was director of the university's human resources department, directing the functions of payroll, employment, faculty personnel, labor relations, compensation, classification, and benefits. From 1989-1990, she was manager of employee relations operations.

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Ruth Archer

Director of Continuous Improvement

  • PhD, Organizational Psychology, Northcentral University
  • MBA, St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Ruth Archer is the Director of Continuous Improvement at Michigan Technological University, where she manages the continuous improvement activities for the university. Archer is responsible for providing training in Lean Thinking and integrating continuous improvement into the day-to-day activities for students, faculty, and staff. She also teaches several courses on Lean principles, teamwork, and communication.

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Dan Bennett

Police Commissioner and Executive Director of University Safety and Security

Administrative Fellow for Compliance

  • MS, Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BS, Public Administration in Law Enforcement, Nevada State College

Biography

Daniel Bennett became the Commissioner of Police Services and Administrative Fellow for Compliance at Michigan Technological University after serving as the Director of Public Safety and Police Services since 2009.

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Theodore J. Bornhorst

Executive Director, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum

  • PhD, MS, Geology, University of New Mexico
  • BS, Geology, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Theodore J. Bornhorst is the Executive Director of Michigan Technological University's A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum. He became the Director of the museum in 2003 after serving as the Chair of the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences for five years and as President of the University Senate for four years. Bornhorst oversees all aspects of the museum and plays a key role in reaching the museum's goals.

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Theresa A. Coleman-Kaiser

Associate Vice President for Administration

  • MBA, Business Administration, Marylhurst University
  • BBA, Business Administration, University of Iowa

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Theresa A. Coleman-Kaiser became Associate Vice President for Administration in 2015 after serving as Assistant Vice President since 2011. Coleman-Kaiser held several administrative and operations positions since 1999. Coleman-Kaiser currently oversees the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the Office of Continuous Improvement, Facilities Management, Human Resources, campus Auxiliary Services,the Office of Information Services, and Finance and Planning within Administration.

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Darlene Comfort

Administrative Assistant

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Darlene Comfort is the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Administration at Michigan Technological University. Previously, Comfort worked as a Business Services Coordinator for the Business Operations Department under the Vice President for Administration, as well as the Museum Manager at the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum. Comfort has experience supporting incident command teams, policy and procedures, primary equipment coordinating, advanced matrix processes for university programs, re-engineering personnel management systems, and University search committees.

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Janet Hayden

Executive Director—Risk Management and Compliance

  • BBA, Business Administration, Western Michigan University

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Janet Hayden became Executive Director for Risk Management and Compliance in 2016 after serving as Director of Risk Management since 1996. Hayden oversees the implementation of effective risk financing, loss control, and claims management as part of her risk management responsibilities, and provides leadership for the university’s overall compliance oversight and monitoring efforts.

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Renee Hiller, SPHR

Director, Human Resources

  • MEd, Human Resource Development, University of Illinois
  • BSBA, Human Resource Management, Central Michigan University

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Renee Hiller is the Director of Human Resources and oversees the functions of Benefit Services, Employment Services, Academic Human Resources, Human Resources Information Services, and Payroll Services.

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Robert Hiltunen

Director of Auxiliary Services

  • MS, Public Administration, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University

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Robert W, Hiltunen has served as the Director of Auxiliary Services since 2011, after having held several administrative and operations positions at the University. As the Director of Auxiliary Services, Hiltunen oversees Campus Merchandising, Portage Lake Golf Course, Mont Ripley Ski Hill, Dining Services, the University Ticketing Services Office, The Memorial Union, and the Rozsa Center's Rental Operations. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Michigan Tech, and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University.

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Ann Kitalong-Will

Executive Director, Business Operations

  • MS, Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
  • BA, Scientific and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Ann Kitalong-Will became the Executive Director, Business Operations in 2013 after serving in various administrative roles since coming to Michigan Tech in 2008.  Kitalong-Will oversees Occupational Safety, Operational Communications, University Policy and Procedures, and WorkLife programming.

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Kerri Sleeman

Executive Director, Facilities Management

  • MEng, Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Biography

Kerri Sleeman became the Executive Director of Facilities Management at Michigan Technological University in 2013 after serving as Director of Custodial and Maintenance Services, Facilities Manager, and Associate Director of Housing Facilities. Sleeman oversees Custodial and Maintenance Services, Energy Management, Engineering Services, Husky Motors, Transportation Services, Central Receiving, and Facilities Purchasing.

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Anita Quinn

Special Assistant to the Vice President for Administration

  • MBA, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University

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Anita Quinn became the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Administration in 2012, after serving as the Director of Human Resources for 4 years and as Director of Research and Sponsored Programs for fourteen years. Quinn lead the Re-Engineering Personnel Management Systems project for 4 years and then transitioned to acting as a "flywheel" (project manager) for the Advanced Matrix Process for University Programs (AMP-UP). AMP-UP is being utilized as a model process for collaborative, efficient decision-making to enable a work environment with equitable representation of all such that individuals in the university community thrive while reaching their career goals.

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Byron Quinn

Manager, Finance & Planning

  • BS, Accounting, Michigan Technological University

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Byron J. Quinn is the Manager of Finance and Planning for the Vice President for Administration divisions. Byron is responsible for developing financial metrics, uniform budget methodologies, five year budgeting models, and five year financial outlook for the University strategic plans for the divisions within the VP for Administration.

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Cayce Will

Director of the Office of Information Services

  • BS, Computer Science, Michigan Technological University
  • Information Technology Service Management Certificate, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation

Biography

Cayce C. Will is the Director of the Office of Information Services for the Vice President for Administration Division at Michigan Tech. His responsibilities include guiding, leading, and aligning the Information Technology and Business Intelligence activities within the Vice President for Administration areas with the University's strategic plan while meeting the business needs of each unit. Major units include the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Auxiliary Services, Office of Continuous Improvement, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Public Safety and Police Services, and Business Operations.