In addition to serving as the chief advocate and final oversight for all administrative matters at Southern Utah University, President Mike Benson voluntarily serves as a professor in SUU’s Department of Political Science. He is also a member of the Advisory Council at the Center for Policy Analysis, a research component of the American Council on Education, and is chair of the President’s Council for the Summit League, SUU’s Division I athletic conference. Prior to SUU, Mike was president of Snow College. In the classroom, Mike has taught various political and administrative subjects at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Snow College and SUU. He holds a doctorate in modern Middle Eastern history from the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University. He is currently completing a master’s degree in non-profit administration at the University of Notre Dame.
Bradley J. Cook has been serving as the provost of Southern Utah University since August of 2009. In this role, he provides the final oversight of all academic matters at SUU. Brad comes to SUU most recently from Dubai, where he was director of the Abu Dhabi Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to that, Brad served as vice president for academic affairs at Utah Valley State College. Brad holds a doctorate degree in Middle East studies from the Oxford University and two degrees, a Master of Arts in Social Science Education and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, from Stanford University. In addition to his work in higher education administration both within the U.S. and abroad, Brad has taught college courses in Middle East politics, international relations and global communities.
As executive assistant to the President, Dialea (Di-ă-lee) Adams is responsible for administrative scheduling and time management, large-scale event planning and the coordination of many executive decisions. She also serves as the secretary to the University’s Board of Trustees. Above all, Dialea – or Di, as she is known across campus – most enjoys the interaction her job affords, as she works with students, faculty, staff and the public on a daily basis. Di has been with SUU since 1985 when, as a Thunderbird student, she worked in the cashier’s office. Di has worked at SUU ever since. Her duties have included accounts receivable, oversight of financial budgets, and the compilation of NCAA reports. Di also has coordinated several hiring committees in her time at SUU, working first in the cashier’s office, then in the controller’s office and finally as assistant to the vice president for administrative and financial services before joining the President’s team.
Ken Beazer was appointed Southern Utah University's Director of Athletics in January 2006 and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of SUU's Athletics Department, providing leadership and direction for 17 NCAA Division I sports and over 350 student-athletes. Ken works closely with head coaches, administrative staff and student-athletes to ensure athletic programs are in harmony with the University's mission and NCAA policy and ideals. Ken comes to SUU from Utah State University where he served as the director of athletic development for nearly five years. Prior to his time at Utah State, Ken was the athletic director at Snow College for six years. Ken holds an undergraduate degree from Weber State University and a graduate degree from Washington State University.
Michael Carter serves as the Assistant Attorney General and Legal Counsel to SUU. He was appointed to this position in 1988 after running his own private legal practice for two years in Cedar City. As an employee of the Utah Attorney General's Office, Michael deals with nearly all the legal issues on SUU's campus: policy, risk management, employee and student discipline, real property, state and federal compliance, procurement, contracts, debt collection and litigation. Michael graduated from Southern Utah University with bachelor's degrees in both accounting and business administration. He then attended Brigham Young University where he received his Juris Doctorate law degree. Since then Michael has earned a Master's of Accounting at SUU.
Donna M. Eddleman serves as the Vice President for Student Services at Southern Utah University. Donna and her colleagues within the division of student services do their very best to assure that the out-of-classroom experiences at SUU bring to life the lessons of the classroom. Donna joined SUU’s team in 2007 after serving as the Dean of Students at Christopher Newport University, where she worked for 10 years. Donna holds a doctoral degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from the College of Williams and Mary, a master’s degree in human resource management with an emphasis in student services from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. Donna, a New York native, has worked in student affairs for more than twenty-five years (She started when she was ten!) on a variety of college campuses in New York, Michigan, Colorado and Virginia. She has been married to her husband Jerry, a Texan, since 1991.
Stuart Jones serves as vice president for advancement and is responsible for the development and alumni relations efforts of the University. He also oversees SUU's Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, which seeks to engage students in the political process. Stuart currently directs the campus’ most ambitious fundraising effort to date: "The Future is Rising” campaign – a $115 million initiative seeking to increase funding for scholarships and endowments, enrich the student experience at SUU, and enhance campus facilities and amenities. Stuart returned to SUU as the vice president for advancement in 2007, having served in similar positions at two northern California universities. He holds a law degree and Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah, an MBA from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University.
Dean O'Driscoll serves as the vice president for university relations and is responsible for a host of communication-based activities at Southern Utah University. Dean's responsibilities include oversight of all marketing and advertising activities, public and media relations, trademark licensing and promotion, publications, photography, the web advisory committee, commencement and various special events and presidential initiatives. Dean's experience in marketing and public relations spans more than 25 years. He spent eight years in a variety of capacities at a dozen radio and television stations as well as various newspapers. He has anchored, reported and produced both sports and news for a number of media outlets. Dean is now beginning his 20th year in higher education public relations. He holds a graduate and undergraduate degree in communication from Southern Utah University.
Dorian G. Page serves as the vice president for finance and facilities. His oversight of finance includes human resources, controller, procurement, budget and forecasting, internal audit, revenue bonded debt and investments. As to SUU facilities, campus development, repairs and renovation, grounds, custodial, heat plant, utility services, safety and risk management, receiving and fleet services all answer to Dorian. Dorian graduated from Southern Utah State College with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1970. He later returned to attend Southern Utah University and obtained a Master's of Accounting in 1990. After his schooling, Dorian worked for a regional CPA firm in Idaho and is currently a licensed CPA in Utah. He began his tenure at SUU as the senior accountant. From there, Dorian climbed the ranks as the University’s controller, assistant VP for finance, associate VP for finance and treasurer, until he was finally appointed to his current position in 2008.
David F. Tanner serves as vice president for facilities management and planning and is responsible for coordinating all campus planning, development and improvement project requests, facilities operations, building repairs and renovations, custodial services, grounds maintenance, space planning, risk management and utility services. David leads the Facilities staff in maintaining a functional, accessible and beautiful campus for all students, and promotes energy and resource conservation as a priority across campus, He joined SUU in 2002 as director and associate vice president for facilities management after serving 15 years at the University of Utah in management for campus design and construction. Prior to his time at the University of Utah, he spent 10 years as vice president of a cost-consulting firm. David holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and technology from Brigham Young University.