The Executive Team is the management team of the University. It includes the provost and vice president of academic affairs, and the vice presidents of student affairs and advancement, administration, research and strategic planning, and government relations. It also includes the treasurer of the board of trustees. These leaders carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the University. Each holds specific executive powers conferred with and by the authority of the President of the University.

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Glenn Mroz


  • PhD, Forestry, North Carolina State University
  • BS, MS, Forestry, Michigan Technological University


Dr. Glenn D. Mroz became the ninth president of Michigan Technological University in 2004 after serving as Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science for four years. He served as a faculty member in the School since 1980. Dr. Mroz earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and earned his Ph.D. degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University in 1983.

Mroz is Chair of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan and former Chair of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents; he has also served as a trustee of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. As President he has supported the formation of the Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation and Superior Innovations - corporations that support startup companies. He is also a member of the Society of American Foresters, Xi Sigma Pi, Forestry Honor Society.

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Jacqueline E. Huntoon

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • PhD, Geology, The Pennsylvania State University


Jacqueline Huntoon is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University. Huntoon has been dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School since 2005 and associate provost since 2011. She is also a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

Huntoon has been recognized nationally for her leadership in higher education and in her field of geology. She currently serves as the chair of the Graduate Record Exam Board, which oversees the exams most commonly used to evaluate the qualifications of students applying for graduate school, and she has served as program director for diversity and education at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences.  

Huntoon earned her PhD in Geology at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In 2011, she was elected to the Michigan Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence.

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Les Cook

Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement

Adjunct Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

  • EdD, Educational Leadership, Brigham Young University
  • MS, BS, Political Science, Utah State University


Les P. Cook serves as the vice president for student affairs and advancement at Michigan Technological University, overseeing the areas of: advancement, alumni relations, dean of students, enrollment, and marketing and communications.

Cook joined Michigan Tech in July 2003, serving as vice provost and dean of students before assuming the role of vice president. Before coming to the University, he was the associate vice president for student life at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Cook is actively involved with a number of professional and student service associations, including former vice president for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region IV East. He also serves as a lead faculty member for the LeaderShape Institute and is a lifetime member of the National Orientation Directors Association, the American College Personnel Association College Student Educators International, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities . . .

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Ellen S. 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 A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Auxiliary Services, Business Operations, Facilities Management, 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.

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David Reed

Vice President for Research

  • PhD, MS, Forest Biometrics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MS, Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS, Forest Science, University of Arkansas-Monticello


David D. Reed serves as Michigan Technological University’s vice president for research, overseeing sponsored programs, technology and economic development, and integrity and compliance for research conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Reed is a professor in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $9 million in externally funded research since coming to the University in 1982. His work has involved researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University as well as from outside institutions, and his many sponsors range from the National Science Foundation to Mead Paper.

Reed has received a number of recognitions for his teaching and research, including the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations . . . 

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Julie Seppala

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees


Julie Seppala was appointed the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees in July 2014 and as the Executive Director of Financial Services & Operations in June 2013. She oversees all financial functions of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund. 

From 2008 until 2013, she was the director of the university’s sponsored programs office, directing the federal and state proposal submissions, award negotiations, and financial compliance and reporting. From 1994 to 2008, she was the manager of the university’s sponsored programs accounting office, directing the external and internal financial compliance and reporting requirements of sponsored programs. 

She came to Michigan Tech in 1990 as an Assistant Research Accountant. Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, she spent 2 years as an Accountant at Northern Michigan University. She was responsible for their grant and contract accounting and . . .

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Dale Tahtinen

Vice President for Governmental Relations

  • PhD, International Politics with Specialty in Middle Eastern Affairs, University of Maryland
  • MA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland
  • BS, Political Science, Northern Michigan University


Dale R. Tahtinen serves as Michigan Technological University’s vice president for governmental relations, overseeing internal audit functions, risk management, occupational safety and health, institutional analysis, legal matters, and governmental relations. He also serves as secretary for the University’s Board of Trustees.

Previously, Tahtinen was president of The Tahtinen Group, an international government relations and marketing consulting firm providing clients with marketing expertise, access to increased international market share, and strategic planning.

Tahtinen has had an active career in the federal government. In 1979, he was appointed President Reagan's foreign and defense issues advisor. While a Reagan appointee, Tahtinen was deputy assistant secretary of state for international trade controls and chief negotiator for all technology transfer as it impacted national security. He also . . .