Vice President for Student Services

Contact Information

Sharwan Smith Center, Ste 201


Dr. Stephen Allen, Interim Vice President for Student Services
Stephen has been at Southern Utah University since 2003 and serves as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention. In this role, Stephen is responsible for shaping the University's enrollment based on the goals and priorities of the University. He and his colleagues focus efforts on recruiting students who are a good fit for SUU and then retaining students to graduation once they enroll. The offices that fall under the purview of Enrollment Management include: Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Registrar's Office, and International Student Engagement. Stephen holds two postgraduate degrees, a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration, from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Communication from Southern Utah University.

Jerry Roeder, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
Jerry began his tenure at Southern Utah University in January 2011 serving as the Assistant Vice President for Auxiliaries in Student Services. In 2013, Jerry was appointed as the Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students overseeing Student Services functions including University Housing, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Support Services and Judicial Affairs. Jerry earned his undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University and his master’s degree in Education Supervision and Administration from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Jake Johnson, Assistant Dean of Students
Jake serves as the division’s jack-of-all-trades,” working with each department within the division to establish goals and learning outcomes, to assess programs and services, and to develop and provide professional development opportunities. In addition, Jake develops and maintains divisional policy, guides the University’s judicial process to ensure that students live up to the Student Code of Conduct, and supports various initiatives and special projects specific to student engagement, retention and accreditation. In November 2012, Jake also began directing the programs and services of the Multicultural and International Center (MIC). Jake is in the process of researching and writing his doctoral dissertation to earn a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned an undergraduate degree in Communication and Political Science from Southern Utah University.

Heather Holmes, Administrative Assistant

Heather Holmes has been the administrative assistant in the Vice President for Student Services suite since November 2013.  Heather comes to SUU from the North Carolina Department of Justice, Attorney General’s office where she worked as a paralegal for nearly six years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton, an Associate in Science degree in Paralegal Studies and an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Studies also from Fullerton College.