The Office of the President

President's Council

This council consists of President Scott Wyatt, his executive assistant, and eight of SUU's top administrators. This group convenes on a regular basis to discuss issues of top importance to the University and to advise the President as he makes executive decisions. The group has amassed more than 150 years of combined higher education administrative experience.


Past Agendas

Bradley J. Cook

Bradley J. Cook, Provost

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.

Jennifer Oberhelman

Jennifer Oberhelman, Executive Assistant to the President

Jennifer Oberhelman began her time at SUU in the spring of 2008 in the capacity of Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Chief of Staff. Jennifer is currently serving as the Executive Assistant for the President and Vice President for Finance & Administration. She received her BS in Workforce Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2001.

Jason Butikofer

Jason Butikofer, Director of Athletics

Jason comes to SUU with a wealth of NCAA Division one administrative experience from prestigious programs across the country. Most recently, Jason spent four years at the United State Military Academy at West Point, most of that time as Senior Associate Athletic Director. He had oversight of a dozen sports, third-party vendors and revenue generation through ticket sales and donations. Butikofer also assisted with hiring coaches, negotiating apparel deals and rebranding of Army Athletics. Prior to Army, Jason helped spearhead a major capital campaign at the University of Minnesota for a new stadium worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars. He has a great deal of revenue generation expertise through the development of ticket operations at several places including during his six-year stint at Arizona State University. He increased growth in active donors at ASU by 50% leading to an 80% increase in funds raised during his tenure.

Michael Carter

Michael Carter, Assistant Attorney General/Legal Counsel

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.

Dr. Jared Tippets

Jared Tippets, Vice President for Student Affairs

Jared Tippets was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Utah University in January 2015. In this capacity he oversees student life outside of the classroom. His professional career has been spent working in both the student affairs and academic sides of higher education administration, most recently as Director of Student Success at Purdue University. He has also worked at the University of Kentucky, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Utah Valley University. Tippets, originally from Bountiful, Utah holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems (Utah State University) and a Masters (University of Missouri-Columbia) and Ph.D. (University of Kentucky) in Higher Education Administration. His research interests are in retention and completion efforts along with leadership and organizational change strategies in higher education.

Stuart Jones

Stuart Jones, Vice President for Advancement and Enrollment Management

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 $100 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.

Mindy Benson

Mindy Benson, Vice President for Alumni and Community Relations

Mindy Benson has progressed through a variety of positions, including director of student life and leadership and executive director of alumni relations. She is a professional event planner and has produced a range of concerts and other productions nationally. She oversees Alumni Relations, Regional Services (which encompasses Head Start and Early Intervention, the Utah Center for Rural Health and the Business Resource Center and Small Business Development Center), Utah Summer Games, Community Outreach & Summer Conferences, and Special Events (such as commencement, homecoming and concerts).

Marvin Dodge

Marvin Dodge, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Marvin Dodge was appointed vice president for finance and administration July 2014 after serving in the same capacity at Snow College beginning in 2008. As a member of President’s Council, Marvin oversees all financial operations at SUU including business offices, cashiers, treasury services, purchasing and auditing. He is also responsible for all buildings on SUU’s campus including maintenance, renovation and construction. Marvin’s experience also includes serving for three Utah governors in various administrative functions. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in public administration, both from Brigham Young University, where he also taught government and finance classes at its Marriott School of Management.

Bruce Howard, Faculty Senate President

Bruce Howard was elected to the position of Southern Utah University Faculty Senate President by his peers for the 2016-17 academic year. The Faculty Senate represents the faculty in matters of University policy and works "to ensure that SUU promotes quality education, honors scholarly pursuits in all their forms, and protects academic freedom for all faculty members and students." In addition to serving as senate president, Bruce is a professor of chemistry. He is an alumnus of SUU with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology, and holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oregon, where he studied at the Institute of Molecular Biology. He teaches courses in organic-biochemistry for allied health and nursing majors as well as senior level biochemistry courses. His research interests focus on the structure-function relationships of biological macromolecules and enzyme mechanisms using X-ray crystallography.

Barbara Rodriguez, Staff Association President

Barbara Rodriguez has been employed at Southern Utah University since 1999. She is currently working in the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean. For the 2016-17 academic year, Barbara represents and speaks for the 560+ staff members at SUU at President's Council, Board of Trustee meetings and at the Utah Higher Education Staff Association (UHESA) meetings. Barbara works with the Staff Association Board to fulfill the objectives of the Association, which are: advocate for staff; involve staff through social, service and professional engagement; and promote good communication on campus. Barbara also serves on the Advisory Board for Learning Abroad at SUU. Outside of SUU, Barbara is a County Delegate for Precinct 21 in the Utah Republican Party and an Eagle Coach for the Boy Scouts of America.

Tyler Cornia, SUUSA President

Tyler Cornia is a senior marketing major from South Jordan, UT. He played sports throughout high school (basketball, football and ran track). He loves the outdoors and hiking/backpacking. He looks to get a PhD after he finishes his undergraduate work.