Les Cook

Les Cook

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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

Biography

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 university relations, and university 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, he serves as a member of the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Foundation Board and was formerly region IV-east vice president for the national board. Cook serves as chair of the chief student affairs officers group for the Michigan Association of State Universities and is on the board for Student Affairs Today. He also serves as a lead faculty member for the LeaderShape Institute and is a lifetime member of the National Orientation Directors Association.

Cook has volunteered locally with the Downtown Guidance Team, served on the board of directors for Dial Help and the Keweenaw Community Foundation Board.

Cook has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Social Science and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Utah State University. Cook completed Harvard University’s Institute on Educational Management.