Staff Advisory Council

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.