Staff Advisory Council - The University of Tulsa

Staff Advisory Council

As called for in TU’s 2017-22 Strategic Plan, the Staff Advisory Council facilitates communication between staff and the administration and helps to implement the university’s strategic priorities. Membership is comprised of representatives from colleges and departments across campus.

The Staff Advisory Council of The University of Tulsa fulfills the following roles:

  • Facilitate communication between staff and the administration
  • Advise the administration on matters of interest to staff
  • Support implementation of the Strategic Plan and other university initiatives
  • Facilitate collaboration between staff and other university constituencies
  • Recommend staff representations to university committees and task forces.

The Staff Advisory Council is comprised of 33 staff members selected to represent the roughly 900 staff employees who serve vital roles throughout our community.


  • 2020 - 2021 SAC Membership
    RoleNameConstituencyJob TitleTerm
    ChairBlanchet, LeslieAt-LargeDirector of Alumni EngagementChair: 2020 - 2021
    Secretary: 2019-2020
    Member: 2018-2020
    Vice-ChairThompson, LeonelleCollins College of BusinessAssistant Dean & Director of Business Career CenterVice Chair: 2020 - 2021
    2018 - 2021
    SecretaryWatts, LoriResearch and Sponsored ProgramsPre-Award AdministratorSecretary: 2020 - 2021
    2018 - 2021
    Ex-Officio / Former Chair: 2019-2020 / Adminstrative LiaisonWarren, MatthewDiversity and Engagement Chief Compliance OfficerChair: 2019-2020
    Member: 2019 - 2022
    MemberAbdo, MelissaStudent ServicesProgram Coordinator for True Blue Neighbors2020 - 2023
    MemberAurilio, SaraOffice of the ProvostAdministrative Associate2020 - 2023
    MemberBernhardt, MarkAt-LargeAssociate Director of Housing for Operations2019 - 2022
    MemberBoulden, StephanieKendall College of Arts and SciencesManager of Special Projects and Technical Needs2020 - 2023
    MemberChastang, MandyDiversity and EngagementDiversity Officer2020 - 2022
    MemberCombs, LaurenMarketing & CommunicationManager of Marketing and Communications2020 - 2022
    MemberCrum, AudreyEnrollment Management / AdmissionAdmission Counselor2020 - 2021
    MemberDenton, SteveAt-LargeDirector of New Student Programs and Services and Parent Programs2020 - 2023
    MemberDonald, LaurenCollege of LawAssistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Externships2018 - 2021
    MemberFlanagan, EllenFinance / HRPayroll Manager2020 - 2021
    MemberFord, KimAt-LargeDepartment Assistant II, Chemical Engineering2019 - 2022
    MemberFox, TristanMcFarlin LibraryLibrary Services Assistant2018 - 2020
    MemberGeiger, HopeAt-LargeRegistrarVice-Chair: 2019-2020
    Member 2019-2022
    MemberGerald, AmyInstitutional AdvancementDirector of Development for the Collins College of Business2018 - 2021
    MemberGoss, VeronicaOxley College of Health SciencesDepartment Assistant II, Communication Disorders2018 - 2021
    MemberGraham, ScottCollege of Engineering and Natural SciencesProject Engineer for Petroleum Engineering at North Campus2020 - 2023
    MemberGrooms, KyleAthleticsAssociate Athletic Director for Internal Operations2018 - 2021
    MemberHarris, SarahGraduate SchoolGraduate School Student Award and Budget Advisor2020 - 2022
    MemberHenderson, KimberlyAt-LargeAssistant Dean, International Student Services & Director of the English Institute2018 - 2020
    MemberHollanger, JamesAt-LargeDirector of Stewardship Activities, University Advancement and Alumni Engagement2020 - 2023
    MemberLivingston, ZacSecurityCaptain, Patrol Division2018 - 2021
    MemberMcDermott, ErinAt-LargeAssistant to the Dean - CCB2019 - 2022
    MemberMcKee, MarySharp ChapelAssistant to the Chaplain2018 - 2020
    MemberParker, MandiInformation TechnologySharepoint Application Analyst2019 - 2022
    MemberWahlgren, MollyFacilities ManagementPerforming Arts Facilities2020 - 2022
    MemberWickliffe, TerriAt-LargeAdministrative Assistant, McFarlin Library2019 - 2021
  • SAC Statement of Support

    The University of Tulsa has a long tradition of being a safe place for robust debate and the free exchange of ideas. In keeping with this custom, and in the spirit of shared governance, the Staff Advisory Council respectfully submits this statement on the recent developments at The University of Tulsa.

    We believe that the strength of our university is based upon the contributions of five important groups: the students, administration, alumni, faculty, and staff. We support the role that each of these groups plays in building and maintaining a healthy university.  Accordingly, we are encouraged to see initiatives from all corners of campus intended to position TU on a more solid financial footing and to enable the university to meet and overcome the challenges inherent in today’s changing higher education landscape. We recognize that the current educational model at TU is unsustainable and that institutions of higher education must adapt to survive.

    As such, the SAC supports the administration’s proactive and earnest response to the challenges facing our university, and we are encouraged by continued opportunities for constructive feedback and engagement from alumni, faculty, staff, and students regarding the implementation of that plan. We support a healthy and good-faith dialogue as changes are being proposed and modifications debated, and we remain dedicated to advancing the mission of The University of Tulsa by working in collaboration with the administration, alumni, faculty, and students to best serve and support our beloved institution.

    The TU family has endured periods of change in the past which have proven to strengthen the bonds between administration, alumni, faculty, staff, and students. It is our hope that once again The University of Tulsa will emerge a stronger, more fiscally responsible institution that encourages and enables students to reach their highest potential.