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.


  • 2019-2020 SAC Membership
    RoleNameConstituencyJob TitleTerm
    ChairWarren, MatthewDiversity and Engagement Title IX CoordinatorChair: 2019-2020
    Member: 2019 - 2022
    Vice-Chair/Chair ElectGeiger, HopeGraduate SchoolAssistant Dean of the Graduate SchoolVice-Chair: 2019-2020
    Chair: 2020-2021
    Member 2019-2022
    SecretaryBlanchet, LeslieAt-LargeDirector of Alumni EngagementSecretary: 2019-2020
    Member: 2018-2020
    Former Chair : 2018-2019 McClendon, MichaelCounseling & Psychological ServicesDirector of Counseling and Psychological Services CenterEx-Officio: 2019-2020
    Ex-Officio MemberSuter, TracyOffice of the ProvostVice President for Strategic InitiativesEx-Officio: Standing
    MemberBernhardt, MarkAt-LargeAssociate Director of Housing for Operations2019 - 2022
    MemberBuss, WendyOffice of the ProvostSr. Associate to the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs2018 - 2020
    MemberGrooms, KyleAthleticsAssociate Athletic Director for Internal Operations2018 - 2021
    MemberDebolt, PattiEnrollment Management/AdmissionsDirector of Admission2018 - 2021
    MemberDonald, LaurenCollege of LawAssistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Externships2018 - 2021
    MemberFord, KimAt-LargeDepartment Assistant II, Chemical Engineering2019 - 2022
    MemberFox, TristanMcFarlin LibraryLibrary Services Assistant2018 - 2020
    MemberGarner, GrantOxley College of Health SciencesDirector of Fiscal Affairs and College Operations2018 - 2021
    MemberGerald, AmyInstitutional AdvancementDirector of Development for the Collins College of Business2018 - 2021
    MemberGoss, VeronicaOxley College of Health SciencesDepartment Assistant II, Communication Disorders2018 - 2021
    MemberGreene, SharonCollege of Engineering & Natural SciencesOffice and Project Assistant2018 - 2020
    MemberHancock, KelseyStudent ServicesProgram Coordinator2019 - 2022
    MemberHenderson, KimberlyAt-LargeAssistant Dean, International Student Services & Director of the English Institute2018 - 2020
    MemberHovenga, DanielleTrue Blue NeighborsDirector of True Blue Neighbors, Public Affairs & Economic Development2018 - 2020
    MemberHulsey, LorieFinance/HRDirector of Human Resources2018 - 2021
    MemberJohnson, BrendaPresident Report (non-faculty reports)Administrative Associate to the President2019-2022
    MemberLivingston, ZacSecurityCaptain, Patrol Division2018 - 2021
    MemberMcDermott, ErinAt-LargeAssistant to the Dean - CCB2019 - 2022
    MemberMcIntosh, TomAt-LargeHead Coach, Men's Soccer2018 - 2020
    MemberMcKee, MarySharp ChapelAssistant to the Chaplain2018 - 2020
    MemberMiller, Sue-AnnaPhysical PlantBusiness Manager2019 - 2022
    MemberParker, MandiInformation TechnologySharepoint Application Analyst2019 - 2022
    MemberPatterson, AlexGilcrease Museum/HCARAdministrative Assistant2019 - 2020
    MemberRigsby, TawnyAt-LargeDirector for Student Academic Success2018 - 2020
    MemberSnopko, GailMarketing and Communication Senior Marketing & Communications Graphic Designer2019 - 2022
    MemberThompson, LeonelleCollins College of BusinessAssistant Dean & Director of Business Career Center2018 - 2021
    MemberVeit, BarbetteAt-LargeAssistant to the Dean, Manager of Administration2018 - 2020
    MemberWatts, LoriResearch and Sponsored ProgramsPre-Award Administrator2018 - 2021
    MemberWilson, ColleenKendall College of Arts & SciencesEnrollment Management Coordinator and Retention Specialist2018 - 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.