Executive Team

The Executive Team is the management team of the University. It includes the provost and vice president of academic affairs, and the vice presidents for finance, student affairs and advancement, administration, and research and strategic planning. It also includes the treasurer and secretary of the board of trustees. These leaders carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of managing the University. Each holds specific executive powers conferred with and by the authority of the President of the University.

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Richard Koubek

  • President
  • PhD, MS, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • BA, Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University
  • BA, Biblical Literature (Chemistry minor), Oral Roberts University


Dr. Richard J. Koubek became Michigan Technological University’s 10th president in July 2018, bringing 30 years of higher education experience to the role. In 2015, he was named executive vice president and provost of Louisiana State University (LSU) after serving as dean of the LSU College of Engineering since 2009. Previously, Koubek served as head of Pennsylvania State University’s Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering; chair of the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering at Wright State University; and associate dean of research and graduate studies in Wright State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Koubek began his academic career as a faculty member in Wright State University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. He later served six years as an assistant and associate professor in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and as a full professor at Wright State, . . .

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Jacqueline Huntoon

  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • PhD, Geology, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Geology, University of Utah
  • BS, Geology, University of California, Santa Cruz


Jacqueline Huntoon is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University. Huntoon has been dean of Michigan Tech’s Graduate School since 2005 and associate provost since 2011. She is also a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

Huntoon has been recognized nationally for her leadership in higher education and in her field of geology. She currently serves as the chair of the Graduate Record Exam Board, which oversees the exams most commonly used to evaluate the qualifications of students applying for graduate school, and she has served as program director for diversity and education at the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Geosciences.  

Huntoon earned her PhD in Geology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of . . .

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Les Cook

  • 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


Les P. Cook serves as the vice president for student affairs and advancement at Michigan Technological University, overseeing the areas of: advancement, alumni relations, athleticsdean 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 . . .

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Ellen Horsch

  • Vice President for Administration
  • MA, Economics, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


Ellen S. Horsch was appointed vice president for administration at Michigan Technological University in 2004. She oversees the administration areas which include Business Operations, Public Safety and Police Services, Risk Management and Compliance, and Human Resources.

From 1991 until 2004, she was director of the university's human resources department, directing the functions of payroll, employment, faculty personnel, labor relations, compensation, classification, and benefits. From 1989-1991, she was manager of employee relations operations.

She came to Michigan Tech in 1985 as a part-time instructor in the School of Business and Economics. She became a full-time instructor in 1986. Prior to her appointment at Michigan Tech, she taught at Ferris State University and Central Michigan University.

Horsch earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan Tech in 1978 and a master's in economics from Central Michigan . . .

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David Reed

  • Vice President for Research
  • PhD, MS, Forest Biometrics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • MS, Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS, Forest Science, University of Arkansas-Monticello


David D. Reed serves as Michigan Technological University’s vice president for research, overseeing sponsored programs, technology and economic development, and integrity and compliance for research conducted at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Reed is a professor in Michigan Tech’s School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and has been a principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $9 million in externally funded research since coming to the University in 1982. His work has involved researchers from a variety of disciplines at the University as well as from outside institutions, and his many sponsors range from the National Science Foundation to Mead Paper.

Reed has received a number of recognitions for his teaching and research, including the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. This international recognition of scientific achievement in forest research is given to no more than ten scientists every five years worldwide. He also received the 2002 . . .

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Julie Seppala

  • Vice President for Finance
  • Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
  • Treasurer of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors


Julie Seppala was appointed the Vice President for Finance in December 2016 and as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees in July 2014. She oversees all financial functions of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund.

From 2013 until 2016,  Julie was the Executive Director of Financial Services and Operations. From 2008 until 2016, she was also the executive director of the university’s sponsored programs office, directing the federal and state proposal submissions, award negotiations, and financial compliance and reporting. From 1994 to 2008, she was the manager of the university’s sponsored programs accounting office, directing the external and internal financial compliance and reporting requirements of sponsored programs.

She came to Michigan Tech in 1990 as an Assistant Research Accountant. Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, she spent 2 years as an Accountant at Northern Michigan University. She was responsible for their grant and contract accounting and assisted in . . .

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Roberta Dessellier

  • Secretary of the Board of Trustees
  • Executive Associate to the President


Dessellier was appointed secretary of the Board of Trustees by the Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees, the University's governing body, in July 2016. In this administrative role she supports the board in policies and ordinances, assists with meetings, and with liaison activities between trustees and a variety of stakeholders. She works closely with the board, president, and other executive team members to fulfill university objectives and goals. She manages and provides leadership for the office functions of the president and ensures communication among executive team members consistent with the University’s strategic goals.

Dessellier also serves as corporate secretary for the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors and for non‐profits Superior Innovations and Michigan Tech Entrepreneurial Support Corporation (MTESC), the University's technology transfer arms that assist faculty and students in startups and other innovative endeavors. In addition, Dessellier is Michigan . . .