The President's Council advises the president on all matters related to the mission and institutional priorities of the university.
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, Pennsylvania State University, and LSU. Koubek earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature, with a minor in chemistry, from Oral Roberts University, and in psychology from Northeastern Illinois University. He received his master’s degree and PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue University. Koubek and his wife Valerie have three grown children.
Interim Provost: Andrew Storer
Prior to his appointment as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Storer served as Dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University for the past four years.
Storer joined the Michigan Tech faculty in 2001 and rose to the rank of professor of forest insect ecology. In addition, he has served as director of the Honors Institute at Michigan Tech and director of graduate studies within the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. His areas of expertise include forest insect ecology, impacts of exotic species on forest ecosystems, interactions among fire, insects and disease in forests and urban forest health.
Storer earned his D.Phil in forest entomology from the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and also holds an MA and a BA in Pure and Applied Biology from St. Annes College, Oxford. After almost 10 years as a Research Entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the faculty at Michigan Tech in 2001.
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 keynote speaker for many organizations including The Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission Advisory Council for Centre County, The Penn Civilians, Chair and member of The Penn State Council of College Multicultural Leadership, National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates, American Society of Engineering Education, Black Engineer of the Year Award, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, The Tapia Conference and the National GEM Consortium.
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 provided leadership in developing youth and women’s hunter access programs.
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.
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 from the Academy for Academic Leadership. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been a member of the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association (MSFAA).
Roberts resides in Lake Linden, Michigan with his wife, Amy, and their sons Randall and Samuel. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, many outdoor activities, coaching youth hockey, carpentry, and welding.
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 Council from 2006-11. During that time, she was the chair of the multi-division NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and member of other NCAA committees on strategic budget planning, championships, legislation, and membership. She has served on the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Regional Ranking Committee, Division II Men’s Basketball Regional Ranking Committee and the Division II Men’s Basketball National Committee.
In addition to her NCAA work, Sanregret has functioned as the chair of both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Management Council and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Executive Committee along with numerous other panels within each league. She has served on the board of directors for the D2 Athletics Directors Association.
Tech teams and individuals have experienced new levels of success during Sanregret's tenure. Fourteen squads have captured conference titles, while a total of 22 teams and multiple individuals have earned bids to NCAA postseason competition since 2005.
Sanregret was instrumental in the addition of women's soccer as Tech's 14th varsity sport in . . .
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 Michigander, Schulte received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and her juris doctorate from the University of Michigan.
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 of Southerland’s career accomplishments include improving student retention and graduation rates for first generation, low-income, disability, BIPOC, and other students; improving planning and assessment practices in Student Affairs; raising funds to support student service functions and scholarships; securing $15+ million in Federal TRIO educational grants; and leading anti-racist and social justice initiatives.
A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Southerland is married to Medra Roberts of Long Island, New York and they have one daughter. He received a B.A. degree in English an M.S. degree in counseling, both from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland College Park.
Vice President for Research and Interim CFO: 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. On July 1, 2022, he was appointed interim CFO.
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 worldwide. He also received the 2002 Forest Science Award from the Society of American Foresters and the Faculty Excellence Award from the student chapter of the Society of American Foresters in 1994. In 1996, he traveled to Portugal’s Technical University of Lisbon as a Fulbright Scholar.
Reed has a Doctorate in Forest Biometrics, a Master of Science in Statistics, and a Master of Science in Forest Biometrics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Science from the University of Arkansas-Monticello.