Staff Advisory Council

Stetson administrators created the Staff Advisory Council in May 2017, in response to the 2016 Rankin and Associates Campus Climate Survey. This survey showed that the Stetson staff viewed the University as a good place to work, however, the staff also noted some areas for possible improvement.  The staff said they would like clearer procedures for career advancement. They raised concerns about their compensation. They sometimes felt treated like "second-class citizens," and they would like a greater voice in University decisions.

The Staff Advisory Council works on behalf of the 522 full-time and part-time staff members at the DeLand campus and Center at Celebration to address the above issues and to voice the thoughts and recommendations for change with senior administrators. Already, the Council has been meeting to set priorities and that's where we need your help. We want to hear your thoughts and suggestions. By gathering input from a wide cross-section of the DeLand and Celebration staff – hourly workers, exempt workers, new employees and longtime employees, for example, the Staff Advisory Council will carry greater weight in advocating for change with senior administrators.

As the council begins its second year, we would like to highlight the New Faculty and Staff publication distributed at the opening faculty/staff meeting and also the activities of the Council as highlighted in the Staff Advisory Council Yearly Recap and Look Forward for 2018-2019.  In April, Stetson’s Staff Advisory Council provided an update on its initiatives and accomplishments to the President’s Cabinet. President Libby recently shared her thoughts in her Significance newsletter to Faculty, Staff and Alumni.

The SAC is hosting a series of training opportunities entitled "Under the Hat"  The recording of the first event in the series, "LinkedIn: Its not Just for Job Seekers Anymore" is available for viewing.  Stay tuned to Stetson Today for future events. 

If you would like to participate on the SAC and make a greater impact on your workplace, please tell us!

Please contact any of the members of the Staff Advisory Council with your thoughts and suggestions, or email your suggestions to Your comments will remain anonymous. The Staff Advisory Council members are:

  • Don Burrhus, Director of Donor Relations, Office of Donor Relations,, Ext. 24259.
  • Sandee Farrington, Special Assistant to the Provost,, Ext. 27474.
  • Debra Francis, Custodian, Facilities Management,
  • Tron Griffin, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach,, Ext. 28100
  • Meredith Kent, Associate Director of Communications and Operations, Office of Admissions,, Ext. 2707.
  • Cory Lancaster, Director of Internal Communications, University Marketing,, Ext. 27215.
  • Kim Oates, Budget Analyst, Finance Office,, Ext. 27020
  • Elise Paulson, Director of Risk Management, Compliance and Risk Management,, Ext. 27701
  • Jeanne Peterson, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the School of Music, School of Music,, Ext. 28960
  • Chad Richards, Grounds Maintenance Worker & Integrated Pest Management and Landscape Technician, Facilities Management,, Ext. 28805.
  • John Sheehy, Career Development Coordinator, Career and Professional Development, School of Business Administration,, Ext. 27385.
  • Colleen Vanderlip, Director of Wellness and Recreation, Office of Wellness and Recreation,, Ext. 26680
  • Drew Macan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Deputy Title IX Coordinator,, Ext. 27472, Ex-Officio