Strategic University Partnerships

The world is changing. The fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are in greater need than ever before. The individuals that Michigan Tech attracts, educates, and sends out into the world are needed more than ever.
The way in which programs, education, and experiences are delivered is changing rapidly too. We are living in a multimodal 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 for Strategic University Partnerships

The Vice President for Strategic University Partnerships is responsible for leading the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborative efforts for Michigan Technological University 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. CookLes P. Cook, EdD, is vice president for strategic university partnerships at Michigan Tech. Cook moved into this expanded role in February 2019, after serving as 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. Cook also has an appointment as adjunct associate professor of cognitive and learning sciences. He previously served as 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 Master 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.