Leadership Team

Theresa Coleman-Kaiser Read Full Bio


Theresa Coleman-Kaiser

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


Theresa A. Coleman-Kaiser has served as Associate Vice President for Administration since 2015 after holding 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, Human Resources, Public Safety and Police Services and the Office of Shared Services 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 works with 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 on the President's Council of the Michigan Lean Consortium. Coleman-Kaiser holds the Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification from the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS).

Ruth Archer Read Full Bio


Ruth Archer

  • Director of Continuous Improvement
  • PhD, Business Administration with a specialization in Industrial/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
  • Doctoral Student, Higher Education Leadership, Edgewood College
  • MS, Public Administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • BS, Public Administration in Law Enforcement, Nevada State College


Daniel Bennett serves as the Police Commissioner and Executive Director of Safety and Security for Michigan Technological University with the responsibility of overseeing the University Police Department, University Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management and all University Safety and Security functions.  Daniel is also a member of the University Incident Command Team, serving as one of four "Emergency Operations Center Directors". 

Daniel has been part of the Michigan Tech family since 2009. He began his public service in 1980 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in the Infantry. In 1989 he began his law enforcement career and has served continuously as a sworn officer for both municipal and university police departments in Illinois, Nevada and Michigan.  During his career, Daniel served in a variety of law enforcement roles including Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, Patrol Officer, Gang Task . . .

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 . . .

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 nine 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 has her B.S.B.A in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan and a masters degree in Human Resource Development from the University . . .

Robert Hiltunen Read Full Bio


Robert Hiltunen

  • Director of Auxiliary Services
  • Interim Director Facilities Operations
  • 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 . . .

Ginger Sleeman Read Full Bio


Ginger Sleeman

  • General Manager, Business Support Center


Ginger Sleeman became the General Manager of the Business Support Center under the Office of Administration in 2018 after serving as the Assistant to the Vice President for Administration. Ginger has been working at Michigan Technological University since 2002 and has served as the Benefits Manager, as well as administrative support for various departments such as Auxiliary Services, Student Affairs, and Human Resources.

Ginger has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Finlandia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan Tech.

Prior to coming to work for Michigan Tech, Ginger worked as a receptionist for the Bay Oral Surgery & Implant Center in Green Bay, WI.