SOU Executive Leadership
Chief Information Officer
Tom Battaglia has 17 plus years as an I.T. leader and lead technologist in higher-education, government, and the private sector. Tom came to SOU from the Oregon Department of Revenue, where he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer overseeing 75 employees. Tom gained higher-education experience at the University of Montana serving as Assistant Chief Information Officer for six years. Prior to that, while at the City of Boulder, Colorado, Tom served in a number of I.T. leadership roles, including Applications Manager, Client Services Manager, Software Development Manager, and Systems Architect, for over five years. – Read Full Bio
Vice President for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Prior to arriving at SOU, Cooper served as Marist College’s Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator in Poughkeepsie, NY. A California attorney and diversity officer, she joined the SOU community in November 2021. Cooper began her career in academe as an admissions counselor and multicultural program coordinator with responsibilities for developing recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in southern and northern California for her undergraduate alma mater, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. After earning her JD from Willamette University College of Law and admission to the California Bar, she returned to Westmont. Over the course of her time at Westmont, Cooper served as the Associate Director for Multicultural Programs, Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs, Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity Initiatives, and College Counsel.
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director, SOU Foundation
Janet joined SOU in 2015 and has nearly thirty years’ experience in university advancement. She provides leadership and oversight of the university’s development and alumni relations programs, government and corporate relations, marketing and communication, media and community relations, grants and sponsored projects, and serves as the Executive Director of the SOU Foundation. Prior to joining the university, Janet was a member of the executive leadership team at the Oregon Health and Science University Foundation in Portland, OR, where she served as Vice President for Alumni and Donor Relations and Chief of Staff. Janet also spent seventeen years at the University of Oregon. – Read Full Bio
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Greg Perkinson was appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration in December 2017. Greg formerly led The Boeing Company’s Consolidated Facilities Operations and Maintenance (CFOAM) program, based in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. He served in the public sector for over 34 years and was a mission support senior officer in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Colonel in 2009. Greg received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Kent State University and a master’s in architectural engineering from Penn State University. – Read Full Bio
University Board Secretary
Sabrina is the university board secretary at SOU. A governance professional, Sabrina works to ensure that the governing Board of Trustees maintains compliance with laws and regulations, serves as a strategic advisor to the board and administration and acts as the board’s liaison with campus and community members. In her spare time, Ms. Prud’homme serves as a director on the Ashland School Board for the Ashland School District (ASD) and currently is in her second term. – Read Full Bio
Associate Vice President Government Relations and Outreach
Jeanne is a long-time SOU employee, having worked in multiple different capacities across all major divisions of SOU over two decades. Prior to joining SOU, Jeanne was a small-business owner. In her current role, Jeanne connects stakeholder interests and concerns with University resources and information, particularly for elected officials and business leaders. She is deeply committed to ensuring SOU is an active, committed and involved pillar in southern Oregon. – Read Full Bio
Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of Communication
Susan Walsh, Ph.D., is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Communication at Southern Oregon University. She earned two degrees from SOU and a doctoral degree in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon. Dr. Walsh serves on the Oregon Statewide Provosts Council and the Southern Oregon Success (SORS) Key Leaders Council. She is actively involved in the southern Oregon region, with memberships on the boards of Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Walsh taught for 25 years in SOU’s Department of Communication. Her teaching and research interests are focused on the social construction of race and gender within various forms of human and electronic communication.
Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Dr. Neil Woolf leads the University’s enrollment management and student affairs functions in support of SOU’s strategic plan. Programs under his direction include enrollment services, records, and registration, financial aid, admissions, Dean of Students, student life, the university’s student resource centers, student organizations, the Stevenson Union, campus recreation, and student health and wellness programs. He works with an incredible team of individuals to improve the recruitment, retention, and success of SOU’s diverse student population. – Read Full Bio
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