Utah Tech University


The UT Graduate Council is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • The Graduate Council is responsible for the establishment of policy and standards for graduate education and for approval, review, and monitoring of graduate programs at UT.
  • The Graduate Council shall collaborate with University administration, colleges, and academic departments to ensure consistency and excellence in all graduate degree programs.
  • The Graduate Council establishes policies and procedures for graduate education, including the drafting or amending of sections of UT Policies and UT catalog relevant to all graduate programs. Such
    policies are subject to review by the Faculty Senate as specified in the UT Policy Manual.
  • The Graduate Council shall conduct formal approval of all new graduate program and course proposals and formal approval of all graduate program change proposals, including changes in program
    delivery format.
  • The Graduate Council sets/revises general graduate admissions standards and policies common to all graduate programs.
  • The Graduate Council shall work collaboratively with the Director of Graduate Studies and Marketing & Communications to develop and execute cooperative strategies for recruitment, promotion, and marketing of graduate education at Utah Tech University.


Graduate Council Members

College Name Email
The Arts McGarren Flack mcgarren.flack@utahtech.edu
Business Derrick Esplin derrick.esplin@utahtech.edu
Education Kari Gali gali@utahtech.edu
Health Sciences Tracy Fawns tracy.fawns@utahtech.edu
Humanities and Social Sciences Nathan Meng (Chair) nathan.meng@utahtech.edu
Science, Engineering, and Technology Russell Reid russell.reid@utahtech.edu
Student Representative


Ex Officio (non-voting) Members

Darlene Dilley, Assistant VP of Enrollment

Associate Registrar

Emma Lanners, Library

Sarah Shurtliff, Director of Academic Budget

Joy McMurrin, Director of Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric Master’s Program

Derrick Esplin, Director for Accountancy Master’s Program

Vicki Welch, Director of Master of Nursing Education and Leadership Program

Joseph Lovell, Director of the Master’s in Sport Management Program

Peter Neibert, Director of the Master’s in Athletic Training Program


Chris Guymon, Assistant Provost for Adult and Professional Education



Chris Guymon

Associate Provost

Email: GraduateStudies@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-879-4859

Office: North Admin 124

Samira Hall

Graduate Council Administrative Assistant

Email: samira.hall@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7506

Office: North Admin 125B