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:
**note that dates are subject to change.
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 (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.
Matt Cannon With a legacy of athleticism and scholarship, Matt Cannon returns to SUU as trustee, helping to direct the University's ongoing progress. Cannon is an attorney for Ray Quinney & Nebeker, a post he assumed after serving a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Paul G. Cassell at the U.S. District Court. Cannon received his bachelor’s degree at SUU in English and political science at the end of a four-year career as starting quarterback, slotback and punter for the SUU Thunderbirds. Cannon set four NCAA Division I records and numerous SUU records, securing him a spot in an elite group of just three Thunderbird athletes to have their number forever retired. He went on to play professional football in Germany, then returned to Utah and completed a juris doctorate at Brigham Young University in 2006. Cannon and his wife Jen are the parents of four children and reside in Salt Lake City.
Tyler Cornia - This is Tyler's first year at the president of SUUSA and he is excited for everything to come. He is a senior marketing major from South Jordan, UT and played basketball, football and ran track during his high school years. Tyler loves the outdoors and spends as much time as possible hiking and backpacking. Tyler is also a very visible fan at SUU Athletics events. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D after completing his studies at SUU.
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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, 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.
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.
David Nakken is a heralded businessman in southern Utah, dedicating his life to the auto industry and to serving his community, especially Southern Utah University. He got his first start with this University when he obtained his bachelor’s degree from in 1988, since then he has gone on to be the general manager of Parkway Autoplex Ford Lincoln in Cedar City and Parkway Volkswagen in St. George. With almost 30 years of business expertise to sustain him in his role as trustee, David is also a dedicated believer and benefactor of SUU, helping immensely with the recent completion of the L.S. and Aline W. Skaggs Center for Health and Molecular Sciences on the University’s campus as the co-chair of the campaign.