Leadership Team

Ellen Horsch Read Full Bio


Ellen Horsch

  • Vice President for Administration
  • MA, Economics, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


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, and Human Resources.

From 1991 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 1989-1991, she was manager of employee relations operations.

She came to Michigan Tech in 1985 as a part-time instructor in the School of Business and Economics. She became a full-time instructor in 1986. Prior to her appointment at Michigan Tech, she taught at Ferris State University and Central Michigan University.

Horsch earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan Tech in 1978 and a master's in . . .

Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Read Full Bio


Theresa Coleman-Kaiser

  • Senior Associate Vice President for Administration
  • MBA, Business Administration, Marylhurst University
  • BBA, Business Administration, University of Iowa


Theresa A. Coleman-Kaiser became Senior Associate Vice President for Administration in 2017 after serving as Associate Vice President for Administration since 2015.  Coleman-Kaiser has held several administrative and operations positions at Michigan Tech since 1999.  Coleman-Kaiser currently oversees the  A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, the  Office of Continuous ImprovementFacilities Management, Campus Auxiliary Services, and the Offices of Information Services and Finance and Planning within Administration .

Prior to Michigan Tech, Coleman-Kaiser worked at Grinnell College, St. Norbert College, and the University of Oregon in auxiliary services and student union roles.  She provides special expertise to the campus Incident Command Team, and has been trained in the FEMA Incident Command System.  Coleman-Kaiser is a Lean practitioner, a campus Lean facilitator, and serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Lean Consortium.  Coleman-Kaiser holds the Certified Auxiliary Services . . .

Ruth Archer Read Full Bio


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


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.

Archer holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech, an MBA from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, and a PhD from Northcentral University in Organizational Psychology. Her PhD was conferred on the 7th of December, 2016. The title of her dissertation is "Development of Interpersonal Skills: Theory Building through a Multiple Case Study of Engineers."

Archer is on the steering committee of the Leadership Keweenaw program which is sponsored by the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as . . .

Dan Bennett Read Full Bio


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


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.

Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration in Law Enforcement from Nevada State College (2005) and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2009). He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. 

Before working at Michigan Tech, Bennett served two tours with the United States Marine Corps, progressing to the rank of Staff Sergeant. After his time in the military, Bennett entered into police service in 1989. Serving as a police officer in three different states, he has worked as a patrol officer, crime prevention officer, detective, gang enforcement officer, bicycle officer and . . .

Theodore Bornhorst Read Full Bio


Theodore Bornhorst

  • Executive Director, A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • PhD, MS, Geology, University of New Mexico
  • BS, Geology, Michigan Technological University


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.

Bornhorst was the point person for the museum in the process leading to construction of and design of a new permanent home for the museum at 1404 E. Sharon Avenue in 2010-2011. He supervised and contributed to packing and unpacking of the museum's collection and exhibit cases. In 2015, Bornhorst negotiated a collaborative and mutually beneficial agreement with the University of Michigan to preserve the University of Michigan's mineral collection through its transfer to the museum with museum . . .

Darlene Comfort Read Full Bio


Darlene Comfort

  • Administrative Assistant


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.

Comfort has 32 years experience having worked at a manufacturing facility where she worked in Human Resources in benefit and Insurance programs, state and federal employment regulations, safety, and workers’ compensation programs.

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Janet Hayden

  • Executive Director—Risk Management and Compliance
  • BBA, Business Administration, Western Michigan University


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.

Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Hayden worked as an Account Executive for Group 243 an advertising and design agency, and as a Marketing Research Analyst for Mr. Steak Restaurants. Hayden has served on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Universities Self Insurance Corporation (M.U.S.I.C.) since 1996, and currently serves as President and sits on its various committees.  Hayden received her certifications as a Certified Risk Manager (CRM) in 2003, and as a Certified School Risk Manager (CSRM) in 2009.

Renee Hiller, SPHR Read Full Bio


Renee Hiller, SPHR

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


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.

Hiller came to Michigan Tech in 2008 and directed the Benefit Services area until 2013.  Prior to Michigan Tech, she worked in human resources in the corporate setting including healthcare, staffing services and manufacturing for 9 years.

Hiller serves as a board member on the Michigan Universities Coalition on Health since 2008.  She is currently serving on the College & Universities Professional Association (CUPA) Midwest Region Board as the Director of Membership and Chapter Engagement. Hiller received her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in June 2011 and her SHRM-SCP in July 2015.  She . . .

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Robert Hiltunen

  • Director of Auxiliary Services
  • MS, Public Administration, Northern Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


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.

Prior to Michigan Tech, Hiltunen worked for HDS Services in several Director roles in South-east Michigan and South-east Illinois. Hiltunen is a Lean practitioner and a campus Lean facilitator. He serves as lead negotiator for the University with the AFSCME labor organization and is a board member of the UP Labor Management Council.  Hiltunen holds the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional Certification . . .

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Ann Kitalong-Will

  • Executive Director, Business Operations


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.

Prior to Michigan Tech, Kitalong-Will served as a faculty member at Alpena Community College, owned her own business, worked as a Program Facilitator for the Even Start family literacy program, and as a Marketing Specialist at PCI.  Kitalong-Will is a founding member of the Association of College and University Policy Administrators (ACUPA), a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC), a member of the College and University Work Family Association, and the Academy of Management.  She serves as Advisor for Alpha Sigma Tau National sorority, Beta XI chapter at Michigan Tech, is a Campus Lean Implementation Leader and a Campus Lean . . .

Byron Quinn Read Full Bio


Byron Quinn

  • Manager, Finance & Planning
  • BS, Accounting, Michigan Technological University


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.

Byron has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Michigan Technological University.

Prior to his work as the Manager of Finance and Planning, Byron worked in the Budget Office for eight years.

Anita Quinn Read Full Bio


Anita Quinn

  • Special Assistant to the Vice President for Administration
  • MBA, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


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.

Quinn has presented at national and regional conferences in the area of research administration.  For over 30 years, Quinn has served in several capacities at the University and within the community.  She has been a member of the National Council for . . .

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">Kerri Sleeman

  • Executive Director of Facilities Management, MEng
  • MEng, Engineering, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


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.

Prior to coming to Michigan Tech in 2003, Sleeman worked as an Engineer, Design Engineer, Estimator, and Project Manager. Sleeman is active with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) WAGE effort and is a WAGE project $tart $mart trained facilitator. She has been an active spokesperson and advocate for pay equality, testifying before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in 2014. Sleeman is a member of the Keweenaw Business & Professional women (BPW) and serves as treasurer for the Michigan BPW Cancer fund.

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Cayce Will Read Full Bio


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


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.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Michigan Tech, and is completing a Master of Science in Administration with a focus on Information Resource Management from Central Michigan University. He also holds a certificate in . . .