The Office of the President

Board of Trustees

The Higher Education Act of 1969, as amended, created the Board of Trustees as an integral part of the Utah System of Higher Education. As provided in the Act, the State Board of Regents delegates to and vests certain powers in institutional boards of trustees.

Responsibilities and objectives of the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees:

  • Facilitate communication between institution and community
  • Assist in planning, implementing and executing fundraising and development projects aimed at supplementing institutional appropriations
  • Perpetuate and strengthen alumni and community identification with the University’s tradition and goals
  • Select recipients of honorary degrees
  • Select recipients of the Board of Trustees Award of Excellence

**Please note that dates are subject to change.

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meeting Dates

  • December 13, 2018


  • January 18, 2019
  • March 21, 2019
  • May 2, 2019
  • August 22, 2019
  • September 27, 2019
  • December 4, 2019

Eric Leavitt

Eric O. Leavitt (Chair) is the President of Leavitt Group Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of The Leavitt Group — a network of over 115 independent insurance agencies located in 14 states. After attending Southern Utah University, Eric graduated from the University of Utah in 1986 and then in 1988, earned a master's degree from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. Before joining The Leavitt Group, Eric worked for five years in the independent power industry developing cogeneration projects in Massachusetts, Vermont, Utah and California. He serves on the Board of Directors of Zions Bank and also on its Trust Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers. Eric resides in Cedar City with his wife Melissa and their six children.

Sherrie Hansen

Sherrie Hansen (Vice Chair) runs her own State Farm Insurance business in Cedar City and has worked in the insurance and financial services for 24 years. She is licensed as a Registered Representative for State Farm VP Management and is also a member of The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors where she served as the IFAPAC Chair for the southern Utah organization. Sherrie is no less dedicated to her community and serves on several committees and boards, including the Safety Solutions Coalition, the Veteran Memorial Park Committee, the Chamber of Commerce Board and the Professional Advisory Committee for Planned Gifting at SUU. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Cedar City and was the club's first female president. Sherrie enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, hiking, reading, gardening, fishing and spending time with her children and seven grandchildren.

Rich Christiansen

Richard J. Christiansen is the national best selling author (Wall Street Journal, Inc., USA Today) of the Zig Zag Principle (McGraw Hill, 2011). He has founded or co-founded 49 businesses, of which 16 have become multimillion-dollar successes. He is a voracious philanthropist. Much of his life has been focused on lifting, building, and mentoring youth. He and his wife are the parents of five sons as well as an adopted daughter from Nepal. He is passionate about educating youth in third world countries. Together with his family, Rich loves to spelunk slot canyons and crest the summits of high mountain peaks. Long boarding weekly with his two youngest sons and zipping down the ski slopes like a teenager are among his hobbies. He is a passionate golfer and loves fast zippy cars. Currently, he does business in 14 countries and is a principal founder of HooDoo Capital, an early-state venture capital firm.

Shannon Dulaney

Shannon Dulaney is currently the Iron County School District superintendent and holds a rich career of education under her belt. After attending California State University Fullerton, Shannon graduated in English and then continued her education at Southern Utah University where she obtained her master’s degree in education. Since then she earned her doctorate of education from the Emma Eccles School of Teacher Education at Utah State University in 2010. Dedicating her life to education, Shannon has spent the majority of her career working with at-risk students and the teachers and administrators who serve them. She was also an assistant professor at Brigham Young University’s McKay School of Education. Shannon now resides in Cedar City with her husband Tim and their four children.

Marshall Erb

Marshall Erb, a native of Eugene, Oregon, who now lives in Draper, Utah, has worked in accounting and finance throughout his professional career since completing the accounting program at Portland State University. As the owner of KME Associates, he has also worked at EnergySolutions as treasurer and senior vice president, was the chief financial officer at Enviocare of Utah, and was the western region director for finance and accounting for XO Communications. With a penchant to give back, Marshall has served as an influential member of many corporate and startup company boards and on several community boards and committees on every level, from the political to those within his local neighborhood. When he is not in the office, Marshall enjoys fly fishing, golfing, snow skiing and baseball. He and his wife Debora have been married for the past 28 years, and the couple has raised three daughters. Their youngest, Michelle, is a proud SUU graduate.

Marilee Eyre

Marilee Eyre has been a teacher at Beaver High School for 28 years. She graduated with a double major in English and Business Education from Southern Utah University, where she was the Outstanding English Student and one of four Outstanding Business Education Students. Marilee completed her Master’s in Education from Southern Utah University as well as Administrative and ESL Endorsements. She was an Adjunct Professor at Southern Utah University, and she was selected Teacher of the Year and Utah Girls Golf Coach of the Year. Marilee has served as an Advanced Placement English Literature Reader and Table Leader at the AP Reading and is an AP Consultant and Mentor for the College Board; she presents workshops for AP teachers throughout the United States. Marilee coached Debate, and her students won multiple State Championships and placed at national tournaments. She coached softball and boys golf and helped initiate the girls’ golf program in Utah. Marilee enjoys bowling, playing golf and pickleball, and camping and riding ATV’s with her family. She and her husband, Chris, have 5 children and 18 grandchildren: their oldest granddaughter is attending SUU.

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson, a native of Marysvale, Utah, graduated summa cum laude from SUU, then SUSC, in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While attending the university, Scott was very involved with executive council, the ambassadors, the student senate, and was president of Phi Beta Lambda. He is a two time recipient of the prestigious R. Kenneth Benson award and was named the outstanding accounting student in 1984 as well as the distinguished scholar from the school of business. Scott worked for the national accounting firm Deloitte & Touche for several years and obtained his CPA license in the state of Nevada. Scott has worked for a number of credit unions, including the state of Nevada's second largest credit union, Silver State Schools Credit Union. In addition to his accounting duties, Scott has been very involved in employee education and has twice been invited as a speaker at the national credit union convention. Scott played a key role in the formation of Valley Bank of Nevada and for the past 11 years, Scott has served as its CFO/Executive Vice President. Scott resides in Henderson, Nevada with his wife Tammy and two sons, Matt and Chase.

D'Mia Lamar

D'Mia Lamar, from Roy, Utah, currently serves as Southern Utah University's Student Body President. With an end goal in law, she is pursuing a degree in both Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Legal Studies. Heavily involved on our campus, D'Mia has previously served in SUUSA as the Senator for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Vice President of Finance. Additionally, she is a part of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, the Philosophy Club, the Black Student Union and Order of Omega. D'Mia is also involved in the community interning at the 5th District Court in Cedar City. Outside of school and work, she enjoys competing in pageants, playing the piano, and listening to classic rock music. D'Mia has a real love for SUU, its students and faculty and its community.

Mike Wankier

Michael Wankier is the CFO for Larry H. Miller Management Company, the Company responsible for managing the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.  After graduating from Southern Utah University with a Masters of Accountancy degree in 2001, Mike began a career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen, LLP in Salt Lake City, UT.  Much of the success Mike achieved during more than seven years as an auditor with Andersen and KPMG can be attributed to his experiences inside and outside of the classrooms of SUU.  After leaving KPMG in 2009, Mike worked as a controller for Pinnacle Security and Devcon Security before joining the Larry H. Miller Group on 2012.  Mike and his wife Timette, who me met at SUU, are the parents to four daughters and a son and reside in Draper, Utah.

Jodi Wilson

Jodi Hart Wilson Jodi is known to those in the governmental arena as one of the most effective lobbyists in Utah. Her expertise and knowledge of public policy issues is respected by policy makers, business leaders and government relations practitioners alike. Jodi represents a variety of nationally known Fortune 100 companies, local companies and trade groups. She is active in serving her community and participates on many boards and associations including: President of the Utah Fallen Soldiers Assoc., Vice President and Founder of Advantage Arts Academy Charter School, President of Capitol Hill Assoc., President of the Utah Alliance for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Board member of the National Assoc. of State Lobbyists. She is also a political affairs guest lecturer to schools, colleges and universities through the state. Jodi is a proud graduate of SUU and is married to Curry Wilson and they have a son, Cole.