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.
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. 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.
Les has contributed to and has been quoted within several publications, blogs, and podcasts.
- "Mindfulness at work in Higher Education Leadership: From theory to practice within the classroom and across the University" in The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education
- "Values drive the plan" in Strategic Planning for Student Affairs
- "Change agent for organizations" in Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for College Students, Facilitation Guide
- In search of safer communities: Emerging practices for Student Affairs in addressing campus violence
- "From tragedy to hope: Illuminating the darkness" in More Stories of inspiration: 51 uplifting tales of courage, humor, healing and learning in student affairs