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
Role Name Constituency Job Title Term Chair Warren, Matthew Diversity and Engagement Title IX Coordinator Chair: 2019-2020
Member: 2019 - 2022
Vice-Chair/Chair Elect Geiger, Hope Graduate School Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Vice-Chair: 2019-2020
Secretary Blanchet, Leslie At-Large Director of Alumni Engagement Secretary: 2019-2020
Former Chair : 2018-2019 McClendon, Michael Counseling & Psychological Services Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Center Ex-Officio: 2019-2020 Ex-Officio Member Suter, Tracy Office of the Provost Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Ex-Officio: Standing Member Bernhardt, Mark At-Large Associate Director of Housing for Operations 2019 - 2022 Member Buss, Wendy Office of the Provost Sr. Associate to the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs 2018 - 2020 Member Grooms, Kyle Athletics Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations 2018 - 2021
Member Debolt, Patti Enrollment Management/Admissions Director of Admission 2018 - 2021 Member Donald, Lauren College of Law Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning and Director of Externships 2018 - 2021 Member Ford, Kim At-Large Department Assistant II, Chemical Engineering 2019 - 2022 Member Fox, Tristan McFarlin Library Library Services Assistant 2018 - 2020 Member Garner, Grant Oxley College of Health Sciences Director of Fiscal Affairs and College Operations 2018 - 2021 Member Gerald, Amy Institutional Advancement Director of Development for the Collins College of Business 2018 - 2021 Member Goss, Veronica Oxley College of Health Sciences Department Assistant II, Communication Disorders 2018 - 2021 Member Greene, Sharon College of Engineering & Natural Sciences Office and Project Assistant 2018 - 2020 Member Hancock, Kelsey Student Services Program Coordinator 2019 - 2022 Member Henderson, Kimberly At-Large Assistant Dean, International Student Services & Director of the English Institute 2018 - 2020 Member Hovenga, Danielle True Blue Neighbors Director of True Blue Neighbors, Public Affairs & Economic Development 2018 - 2020 Member Hulsey, Lorie Finance/HR Director of Human Resources 2018 - 2021 Member Johnson, Brenda President Report (non-faculty reports) Administrative Associate to the President 2019-2022 Member Livingston, Zac Security Captain, Patrol Division 2018 - 2021 Member McDermott, Erin At-Large Assistant to the Dean - CCB 2019 - 2022 Member McIntosh, Tom At-Large Head Coach, Men's Soccer 2018 - 2020 Member McKee, Mary Sharp Chapel Assistant to the Chaplain 2018 - 2020 Member Miller, Sue-Anna Physical Plant Business Manager 2019 - 2022 Member Parker, Mandi Information Technology Sharepoint Application Analyst 2019 - 2022 Member Patterson, Alex Gilcrease Museum/HCAR Administrative Assistant 2019 - 2020 Member Rigsby, Tawny At-Large Director for Student Academic Success 2018 - 2020 Member Snopko, Gail Marketing and Communication Senior Marketing & Communications Graphic Designer 2019 - 2022 Member Thompson, Leonelle Collins College of Business Assistant Dean & Director of Business Career Center 2018 - 2021 Member Veit, Barbette At-Large Assistant to the Dean, Manager of Administration 2018 - 2020 Member Watts, Lori Research and Sponsored Programs Pre-Award Administrator 2018 - 2021 Member Wilson, Colleen Kendall College of Arts & Sciences Enrollment Management Coordinator and Retention Specialist 2018 - 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.