Your Graduate & Online Admissions Team

Southern Utah University's Online Admissions team is here to help graduate & online students with the admissions process. Whether you are a prospective student inquiring about a program or are at the end stages of university admission, our admissions team is motivated by helping students navigate the admissions process.

Our Mission: We clear the trail to affordable, flexible, and high-quality higher education for everyone.

Questions You Might Ask Our Admissions Team?

• What scholarships might I qualify for?      • What program is the best fit?      • Do my credits transfer?      • What is the structure of online course?

Jonathan Roberts–Director of Enrollment Management

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Jonathan leads the recruitment and marketing efforts for the Graduate and Online department at Southern Utah University. he completed a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Utah State University in 2013. He also received a Master of Public Administration from Southern Utah University in 2015.

Best Advice: Do not be afraid to move forward. Online education is created to help you balance your educational goals with the rest of your busy life. No fear, we will help you every step of the way.

Phone: (435) 865-8671| Email:

Lydia Lee Nelson–Academic Recruitment Coordinator

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Programs: Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (M.I.S.), Masters of Arts in Professional Communication (M.A.P.C.), Library Media (L.M), Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Lydia is a Graduate and Online Admissions Advisor for Enrollment Management at Southern Utah University. She completed a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication.

Best Advice: I believe that the three most important things to consider when looking for a graduate and/or online program are how the program fits your academic and career goals, accreditation, and price. Don't hesitate to reach out about any of these or other priorities as you consider SUU.

Phone: (435) 865-8463 | Email:

Derek Sundberg–University Recruiter/Partnerships Coordinator

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Programs: Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Masters of Accountancy (MAcc), Masters of Science in Business Analytics (M.S.B.A.), Master of Science in Cyber Security and Information Assurance (M.S.CSIA)

Derek is graduate admissions officer for graduate business programs at Southern Utah University. He completed Master of Business Administration from Southern Utah University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2005 from the University of Phoenix.

Best Advice: Find a school that fits your needs, time, budget, and personality!

Phone: (435) 865-8462 | Email:

Elliani Bailey Decker–University Recruiter

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Programs: Master of Arts Administration (M.A.A.), Master of Music Technology (M.M.M.T), Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed), Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.), Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance (M.S.S.C.P.), Library Information Systems (L.I.S.), Master of Education (M.Ed.) Master of Education with Administrative/Supervisory License, Administrative License

Elliani is an excited Graduate and Online Admissions Advisor for Enrollment Management at Southern Utah University. She graduated from SUU with a bachelor’s degree in English: Rhetoric and Writing and a minor in Spanish. 

Best Advice: Deciding to go to school is a selfless decision to put yourself first and is half the battle. Choosing a school that fits your needs and prioritizes students through its staff and faculty is next important. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at SUU to see if we can help you realize your goals.

Phone: (435)-865-8637 | Email:

Rama Hemphill–University Recruiter

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Programs: Online Undergraduate Programs, 

Rama leads new and returning undergraduate students through the admissions process, helping them get their best start at SUU. Having recently completed his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Rama now studies Music Technology through SUU’s Masters of Music program.

Best Advice: Find a university that helps you open more doors. Professors, staff, students, available graduate programs, and other resources can often be more important than the actual classes.

Phone: (435) 865-8644 | Email:

Jackson Riedlinger–University Recruiter

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Programs: Online Undergraduate Programs

Jackson is an enthusiastic advisor for online undergraduate programs who enjoys helping students start their journey at SUU. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Communications at Southern Utah University in 2021.

Best Advice: If you are having trouble with classes or with school in general, don't be afraid to ask for help. SUU has professors, staff and many others that are all here to help you have the best experience at SUU as possible. Everyone needs a little help sometimes, let us help you!

Phone: (435) 865-8659 | Email:

Shayla Piccini–University Recruiter


Programs: Online Undergraduate Programs

Shayla is an University Recruiter for Southern Utah University Graduate & Online. She completed a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2021 from San Diego State University.

Best Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions! University recruiters, professors and staff here at SUU are more than happy to assist and help you reach your goals. Staying organized with a busy schedule is also so important and remember to schedule time for relaxation and fun!

Phone: (435) 865-8466 | Email:

 Kaity Kuhn–Lead Admissions Specialist

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Kaity is the Lead Admissions Specialist for Southern Utah University Graduate & Online. She completed a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2020 from Southern Utah University.

Best Advice: Create a regular study space and stay organized. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on new assignments and important deadlines. Don't be afraid to speak up if you have questions or need assistance. Our professors and staff are happy to assist you and help you reach your goals.

Phone: (435) 865-8297 | Email:

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