The President's Council comprises the office of the President.
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, . . .
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs: Jacqueline Huntoon
- PhD, Geology, Pennsylvania State University
- MS, Geology, University of Utah
- BS, Geology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Jacqueline Huntoon is provost and senior 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 . . .
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 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 . . .
Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement: Les Cook
- 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, athletics, and dean of students.
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 serves as a lead faculty . . .
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.
Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Chief of Staff: Roberta Dessellier
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 President's Council members to fulfill university objectives and goals. She manages and provides leadership for the office functions of the president and ensures communication among President's Council 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 Tech's Freedom of . . .