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
|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.