President's Council

The President's Council advises the president on all matters related to the mission and institutional priorities of the university. 

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President: Richard Koubek

  • 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, . . .

Jacqueline Huntoon


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Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs: Jacqueline Huntoon

  • PhD, Geology, The Pennsylvania State University


Jacqueline Huntoon is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Michigan Technological University and has served in this role since 2015. She is also a professor in the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

 Huntoon has been recognized nationally for her leadership in education. She is a member of the Federal STEM Advisory Panel, which provides advice and recommendations to the Federal Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM). She is also a member of the MiSTEM Advisory Council, which provides Michigan’s governor, legislature, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, and Department of Education with advice on promoting innovation and collaboration in STEM statewide.

Huntoon earned her PhD in Geology at The Pennsylvania State University. Her first academic appointment was as an Assistant Professor at Michigan Tech. She took on an assignment as a program officer . . .

Susan Kerry Read Full Bio


Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration: Susan Kerry

  • MBA, University of Michigan
  • BA, Education, Northwestern University


As chief financial officer and senior vice president for administration, Kerry oversees accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budget management and control, bursar,
student aid disbursement, financial information systems, credit management, collections, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, investing, procurement, risk management, Human Resources, facilities, auxiliary services, information technology, safety and security, and payroll for the university.

Susan E. Kerry was the former vice president for finance and chief financial officer at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. In her previous role, Kerry was responsible for leading the college’s overall direction of business and financial activities, including information technology, institutional research and facilities management. Prior to joining St. Scholastica, Kerry served as associate vice chancellor of finance at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Kerry received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University's School of Education and her . . .

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Vice President for Governmental Relations: William Kordenbrock

  • JD, Thomas Cooley Law School
  • BA, Economics, Hope College


William R. Kordenbrock serves as the vice president for governmental relations and leads points of contact with all government entities and agencies to promote, advocate, and communicate the mission and impact of Michigan Technological University.

Bill brings over three decades of experience in government operations to Michigan Tech. He began his career as a lobbyist in Washington D.C., transitioned to chief of staff for the Vice Chairman of the Michigan Senate Appropriations committee, has held several executive positions within Michigan state government as well as represented Fortune 500 corporations’ interests in eight states. Bill has also served as chief legal counsel for the Michigan Department of State.

Bill has two adult sons that share his passion for the outdoors, and motor sports.  He is active with numerous wildlife habitat and conservation organizations, and as a certified hunter safety instructor, has . . .

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Vice President for University Relations and Enrollment: John Lehman

  • PhD, College/University Leadership, Colorado State University
  • MA, Written Communications/Pedagogy, Eastern Michigan University
  • BA, English/Writing, Adrian College


John B. Lehman serves as the vice president for university relations and enrollment at Michigan Technological University, overseeing the areas of enrollment, university marketing and communications, and government relations.

John has served at Michigan Tech since 1996. He is a Co-Lead facilitator for LeaderShape and serves as an instructor for various Academic Impressions workshops nationally. John serves on the boards of the Detroit Area Precollege Engineering Program and the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

William Roberts Read Full Bio


Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement: William Roberts

  • PhD, Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University
  • MS, BS, Public Administration, Northern Michigan University


Dr. Bill Roberts is the Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement at Michigan Technological University. Roberts joined Michigan Tech in 2002. He oversees operations, planning, and budgeting for the University's fundraising and alumni initiatives. Prior to his current position, he served as the Director of Financial Aid, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, Associate Director of Admissions, and Campus Visit Coordinator, all at Michigan Tech.

Roberts has a bachelor of science and master's degree in Public Administration both from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He received a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. His research focus has centered on financial aid awarding and student success.

Additionally, Roberts has a certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and has completed the Excellence in Leadership Program . . .

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Athletic Director: Suzanne Sanregret

  • PhD, Higher Education Administration, University of Phoenix
  • MS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University
  • BS, Business Administration, Michigan Technological University


Athletic director since 2005, Suzanne Sanregret, PhD, has continued Michigan Tech's traditions of excellence both on and off the field of competition. Her vision within the Huskies' athletic programs and work on conference and national committees has positioned Michigan Tech as a leader in collegiate athletics.

Along with the 15 varsity sports under her, Sanregret also oversees the University's Recreation Department and Michigan Tech's Outdoor Adventure Program. She is the Title IX coordinator for Athletics and was added to the President's Council in 2018.

Sanregret, who was named 2009 Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year, served a five-year stint on the NCAA Division II Management . . .

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General Counsel: Sarah Schulte

  • JD, University of Michigan
  • BA, Western Michigan University


Sarah H. Schulte serves as general counsel at Michigan Technological University and secretary to  the Board of Trustees.

Schulte comes to Michigan Tech from the University of Washington (UW) Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, where she has served in various roles. At UW, Schulte advised the Board of Regents, president, and provost on a wide variety of legal issues and managed all attorneys and staff in the Washington State Office of the Attorney General’s UW Division. In private practice, Schulte primarily engaged in civil defense litigation with a specific emphasis on school law, public entity defense, employment law, complex litigation, and commercial defense. A native . . .

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Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students: Wallace Southerland, III

  • PhD, Education Policy, Planning and Administration, University of Maryland
  • MS, Counseling, University of Bridgeport
  • BA, English, University of Bridgeport


Dr. Wallace Southerland, III currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.  Prior to joining Michigan Tech, he served as the associate vice president of student affairs at Salisbury University.  

Dr. Southerland provides leadership for programs and initiatives in the areas of housing and residence education; career services; student leadership, organizations, and fraternity/sorority life; counseling and wellness services; diversity and inclusion; international programs; student information systems; and other student success initiatives through the Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success, including disability services, academic coaching, and student success courses.

Dr. Southerland has 30 years of leadership and management experiences in higher education. Examples . . .

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Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion: Wayne Gersie

  • PhD, Workforce Education and Development, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MEd, Counselor Education, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Exercise and Sports Medicine, The Pennsylvania State University


Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Gersie served as Assistant Research Professor and Chief Diversity Officer for the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, and is the founder and principal of Oasis Strategic Consulting LLC. He has earned his PhD in Workforce Education and Development, with emphasis on Human Resources, and a MEd in Counselor Education, both from Penn State. Additionally, he holds certificates from the Harvard University Institute for Management and Leadership Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Center for Creative Leadership in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Additionally, Gersie has been recognized for his service with multiple awards, including The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering Ally recognition award, The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Equity and Inclusion Award and The Penn State Multicultural and the Resource Center Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award. He has also served his community, regionally and nationally, as a committee member, panelist, and . . .

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Vice President for Research: David Reed

  • 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 College 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 . . .