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, 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.
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