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 Business Support Center 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 facilitating improvements that close the gap between current state and the university's strategic goals, fostering the continuous process of people development, and promoting collaborative partnerships and sharing Lean expertise in the state, the nation, and the global community. In addition, she teaches several courses on Lean principles, teamwork, and communication, and serves as the advisor for three student organizations: Leaders in Continuous Improvement, the American Society for Quality, and Silver Wings.

Archer holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, an MBA, and a PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in organizational psychology. She is the chairperson for the Americas Division of the Lean Higher Education Global Steering Committee, a director on the board of the Michigan . . .

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 obtaining co-ownership.

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Joe Cooper Read Full Bio


Joe Cooper

  • Director, Student Financial Services Center
  • Interim Senior Director of Residence Education and Housing Services
  • EdD, Educational Leadership, Edgewood College
  • MEd, Student Affairs Administration, South Dakota State University
  • BS, Elementary Education, Northern Michigan University


While obtaining his bachelor's degree in elementary education, Joe discovered he also had a strong passion for working in student affairs in the higher education setting. After working full-time in South Dakota and earning his master's in student affairs administration, Joe made the move to Michigan Tech in 2009 to join the Housing and Residential Life department. After being named Director of Student Leadership and Involvement in 2012, he gained even more valuable experience collaborating with departments across campus in order to promote student success both inside and outside the classroom. Now, as Director of the Student Financial Services Center, Joe works with a thriving team of 14 staff members who are committed to creating possibilities, inspiring learning, and exceeding expectations.


Joe and the team in Student Financial Services manage student billing, cashiering services, and . . .

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, and The Memorial Union. Hiltunen became the interim Director of Facilities Management in August 2018. As the Director of Facilities Operations he oversees the campus Grounds and Gardens, Skilled Trades and the building Custodial and Maintenance staff. 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 . . .

Jay Meldrum Read Full Bio


Jay Meldrum

  • Director, Michigan Tech Keweenaw Research Center
  • Executive Director, Sustainability
  • Faculty Advisor, Alternative Energy Enterprise


Jay S. Meldrum, Sr. has been the Director of the Keweenaw Research Center (KRC) of Michigan Tech for 21 years. He manages a full-time staff of 30 engineers and support staff who provide test and analysis services to the military and industrial sponsors on a 900 acre test track. Meldrum is also involved in energy research due to the high cost of energy in our area. The Center has a 20 kilowatt solar panel research facility and a geothermal heating system that uses water from an abandoned mine shaft as its source of ground water heat. In addition, Meldrum teaches the Alternative Energy Enterprise class on campus. Students from all disciplines study solar, geothermal, wind, fuel cell, and other forms of alternative energy and energy efficiency.

In the summer of 2017, Meldrum took on an additional appointment as the Executive Director of Sustainability at Michigan Tech. Current activities include running a . . .

Ginger Sleeman Read Full Bio


Ginger Sleeman

  • General Manager, Business Support Center


Ginger Sleeman became the General Manager of the Business Support Center under 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.