The search committee is co-chaired by Regent Jesselie Anderson and Weber State Board of Trustees Chair Nolan Karras. It is comprised of representatives from the Board of Regents, trustees and institutional stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni and community members.
“Weber State University exemplifies the purpose and quality of a dual-mission university, including providing educational access and excellent teaching and playing an active role in its community. We carefully selected the members of the search committee to ensure each has a strong connection to Weber State and is dedicated to the future of the institution,” said Daniel Campbell, chair of the Board of Regents. “I appreciate the willingness of these committee members to lend their time and expertise to this process.”
Board of Regents
Co-Chair of the Weber State University Search Committee
Jesselie Anderson was previously a trustee for both Salt Lake Community College and Westminster College. Active in community affairs, she currently serves on the governing boards of Education First, the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University, Success in Education Foundation, University of Utah Hospital and National Advisory Council, and the Waterford School. Anderson is employed by Barlow Corporation. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah.
Marlin Jensen has served as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church since 1989 and received emeritus status in 2012. He was church historian from 2005 to 2012. Jensen earned a law degree from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. Prior to becoming a general authority, he was an attorney with Vancott-Bagley and had a private law practice. He served as president of the Weber County School Board.
Bob Marquardt is the president and CEO of Management & Training Corporation (MTC) and has been a member of the senior management of that firm since 1991. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing and president of Meridian Publishing, a subsidiary of MTC. His public service experience includes membership on several boards and organizations, including the Weber State University Board of Trustees. Marquardt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and a law degree from the University of Utah.
Cristina Ortega is a deputy district attorney at the Davis County Attorney’s Office, where she specializes in special victims cases. She is a board member for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Ortega served on the University of Utah Board of Trustees from 2013-2017 and represented the trustees on the KUER Advisory Board and the Audit Committee. She graduated from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Weber State University.
Board of Trustees
Co-Chair of the Weber State University Search Committee
Weber State University Board of Trustees Chair Nolan Karras is also the chair and CEO of the Karras Company, a national investment advisory firm. Karras is co-chair for Education First, a citizen-based political action committee that promotes education. A licensed CPA, Karras was elected to the Utah Legislature from 1981 to 1990, where he served as speaker of the house. He served 12 years as member of the Utah Board of Regents, where he was chair from 2001 to 2005.
A Weber State University alumna and Ogden native, Kearston Cutrubus was appointed to WSU’s Board of Trustees in 2016 and was selected as vice chair in 2017. The customer and community relations director for her family’s five automotive dealerships, she also owns a gift basket business, Kearston’s Basket Case. Cutrubus is involved in many community organizations. She was an honorary commander of three squadrons within Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing. Her involvement earned her a Community Wingman Award.
Danielle Croyle, a graduate of Weber State University’s criminal justice program, is president of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. A captain with the Ogden City Police Department, Croyle has dedicated herself to the safety and well-being of her community, including an increased focus on aiding victims of sexual assault. Croyle is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce, the Utah State Domestic Violence Advisory Council and the National Tactical Officers Association.
Aulola Moli is the 2017-2018 Weber State University Student Association student body president. She is a member of WSU’s Board of Trustees, the chair of the Student Fee Recommendation Committee and a member of the Utah Student Association. Born and raised in West Valley City, Moli is of Tongan descent and places great importance on her culture. Her goals include helping students achieve higher education and supporting the local community, including her Polynesian community. Moli is a double major in criminal justice and organizational communication.
Weber State University Administration, Faculty and Staff
Adrienne Gillespie Andrews
Adrienne Gillespie Andrews is the assistant vice president and chief diversity officer at Weber State University. She previously served in a split appointment as the director of the Center for Diversity and Unity and as the special assistant to the president for diversity. Andrews began working at WSU in February 2005 and has held positions throughout Student Affairs. She regularly teaches in the Department of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies Program. Andrews was the 2017 Weber County Athena recipient.
Nicola A. Corbin is an assistant professor of public relations and advertising in the Department of Communication at Weber State University, where she also advises the student-run public relations firm, Ogden Peak Communications. Prior to academia, Corbin practiced journalism and public relations for 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Seton Hall University, her Master of Arts in Graphic Communication Management and Technology from New York University and her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia.
David Ferro is dean of the College of Engineering, Applied Science & Technology at Weber State University, a role he has held since 2011. Ferro began working at WSU in 2001 as a professor of computer science. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Lowell in 1985 and worked at companies such as Lotus Development, McGraw-Hill Data Resources Incorporated, Unysis and Iomega. He received his doctoral degree in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech in 2001.
Doris Geide-Stevenson is an economics professor who joined the Weber State University faculty in 1996. She was chair of the economics department for nine years and helped implement new international economics degree options, including transfer programs with universities in China and South Korea. Involved in many aspects of faculty governance at WSU, she has chaired several faculty senate committees and is serving a second term as faculty senate chair. A native of Germany, Geide-Stevenson’s teaching focuses on global macroeconomics, international finance, money and banking.
Leslie Loeffel is the director of Davis Learning Support and Student Services on Weber State University’s Davis campus. She formerly was an educational advisor for Student Support Services and director of the Davis Learning Center. Previously, she taught at Syracuse University as a professional writing instructor. Loeffel holds a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the State University of New York at Oswego and a master’s degree in English from Syracuse University. Loeffel is a board member for the Utah Women in Higher Education Network.
Lonnie Lujan is chair of Weber State University’s Staff Advisory Committee, enrollment director for the Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences program and an adjunct instructor in the First Year Experience program. He received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from WSU, as well as his bachelor’s degree in communication with a public relations emphasis. Lujan previously served as an admissions advisor in the Office of Admissions, and an academic and admissions advisor for the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions.
Madonne Miner began her university teaching career in the English Department at the University of Wyoming. After 15 years, she moved to Lubbock, Texas, to assume the position of English Department chair and then to serve as an associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Texas Tech University. In 2007, Miner became dean of Weber State University’s Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. After eight years as dean, she became provost and academic vice president. Miner and her team work to enhance opportunities and support for students, staff and faculty.
Craig Oberg is an award-winning microbiology professor who joined the faculty at Weber State University in 1983. A former chair of the Department of Microbiology, he served as chair of the faculty senate from 2014-2016. A Hinckley Fellow, recipient of the Seager and the Dixon awards in teaching, and Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor, Oberg is the author of more than 90 scientific articles on dairy microbiology and microbial ecology. His publications include a book he co-edited with WSU history professor Gene Sessions on science and Mormonism. Oberg is also WSU's NCAA faculty representative.
Susan Thornock is a professor and chair of Weber State University’s School of Nursing. She has been an educator at WSU for more than 20 years and has served as chair since 2010. She is proud to proclaim her nursing career began at Weber State, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Thornock earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education at the University of Utah and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education with an emphasis in e-learning from Northcentral University.
Steven Petersen is chair of the board of Petersen, Inc. He has served as president of the Utah Steel Fabrication Association, a national board member of NCCC, and a member of the National Advisory Council and Board of Trustees of Weber State University. He is a member of the Weber County economic development board, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers and a past board member of the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce. In 2002, he received an Entrepreneur of the Year Award for engineering from Ernst and Young.
Steve Starks is president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and president of the NBA’s Utah Jazz. His responsibilities include the NBA’s G-League Salt Lake City Stars, MiLB’s Triple-A Salt Lake Bees, Vivint Smart Home Arena, Megaplex Theatres, the Tour of Utah professional cycling race and the sports radio stations comprising The Zone Sports Network. Starks graduated from Weber State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2003. He currently serves as vice chair of the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.
Since 2013, Bob Stevenson has served as mayor of Layton, the city he has called home his entire life. Stevenson graduated from Weber State College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and studied for his master’s degree in distributive education at Utah State University. In 2013, Stevenson retired from Carnation (Nestle) after a 35-year career with the company. He previously served as a volunteer firefighter for Layton, and was elected to three terms on the Layton City Council.
Kevin J. Sullivan
Retired Maj. Gen. Kevin J. Sullivan, a former WSU trustee, is an independent consultant with extensive expertise in aerospace acquisition and logistics. He has more than 40 years of military and civilian logistics management and acquisition experience in aircraft maintenance, supply chain operations and program management. He retired from the Air Force in November 2008. Sullivan serves as the executive director of the Utah Defense Alliance, supporting Utah military missions and aerospace industry within the state. He is chair of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah and a member of the Association of Defense Communities Board of Directors.