Strategic University Partnerships

The world is changing. The fields of science, technology, engineering and math are in greater need than ever before. The type of individuals that Michigan Tech attracts, educates and sends out into the world are needed now more than ever. And the way in which programs, education and experiences are delivered is changing rapidly. We are living in a multi-modal world. Through academic programs and opportunities on the ground, online, and by partnering with others in education, industry and communities, Michigan Tech prepares students to create the future.

Vice President

The Vice President for Strategic University Partnerships is responsible for leading the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborative efforts for Michigan Tech beyond the Houghton campus. The Vice President provides high level vision, leadership and support to existing programs, departments, and those pursuing external institutional engagement while also developing a robust external market strategy for the University shaped by strategic institutional priorities.

Les P. Cook

Dr. Les P. CookDr. Les P. Cook is the Vice President for Strategic University Partnerships at Michigan Technological University. Cook moved into this expanded role in February 2019 after serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement. In this capacity Cook provided leadership for all areas of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications, Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dean of Students/Student Life, and Advancement and Alumni Engagement. Dr. Cook also has an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Cognitive and Learning Sciences. Cook previously served as the Vice Provost and Dean of Students at Michigan Tech as well as other higher education appointments at the University of the Pacific, University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College.

Cook has a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University; a Masters of Social Science from Utah State University; and a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science from Utah State.

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Les has been actively involved in a number of professional associations including NASPA; National Orientation Director's Association; and the LeaderShape Institute. He is currently the NASPA Foundation Board Chair-Elect, serves as a faculty member for the LeaderShape Institute, is on the editorial board for Student Affairs Today and recently completed five years as Chair of the Chief Student Affairs Officers Group for the Michigan Association of State Universities.

Les is involved in the Houghton community and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Keweenaw Community Foundation, Dial Help and the Michigan Tech Blue Line Club.

Dr. Les P. Cook, at Michigan Technological University.

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