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Staff Council

The UCM Staff Council serves as the representative body of the staff. The purpose of Staff Council is to:

  • Promote and contribute to the mission and the goals of the university and advise the University President on matters of mutual interests
  • Serve as a representative of its members in such matters as may directly affect staff employees and to recommend changes in existing policy as needed
  • Promote high professional standards and to collaborate with the administration to encourage and assist staff in their pursuit of professional development
  • Foster and enhance communication and interaction between members of the Council and the university community in pursuit of a spirit of unity and cooperation
  • Encourage members to participate in university activities

Staff Council Representatives and Meeting Information

Executive Committee

President, Jackie S. Jackson, 

Vice President, Chris Beggs, 

Secretary, Carol Knight, 

Treasurer, Teresa Huffman, 

Past President, Beth Rutt, 


Serving the Academic Affairs/Student Experience and Engagement units:

  • Leslie Cooper, Office Professional II for Aviation Maintenance
  • Amber Goreham, Director of Career Services
  • Teresa Huffman, Administrative Coordinator for Elliott Student Union
  • Carol Knight, Design Specialist I for Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Jill Larsen, Office Professional II to Dean of the College of Education 
  • Beth Rutt, Director of Student Activities and Student Recreation & Wellness Center

Serving the Finance & Administration/Office of Technology units:

  • Belinda Bell, Ancillary Accountant
  • Melanie Gross, Manager of Technology Support Center
  • Cherie Hiatt, Budget Analyst

Serving the President/University Advancement units:

  • Shelly Bachus, Executive Assistant to Vice President for University Advancement
  • Jackie Jackson, Associate Vice President for University Advancement
  • Heather Jennings, Title IX Analyst
  • Kristen Plummer, Administrative Assistant for President's Office

Representatives serving At-Large:

  • Chris Beggs, Executive Director of Academic Support Services
  • Kevin Courtwright, Supervisor of Grounds Department
  • Jim Pryde, Manager of Technology Support


Staff Council meetings are open to all staff members and are typically scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm in Elliott Student Union Room 236. A meeting is not held in the month of August. Check the UCM Daily for updates. 


Contact Staff Council Secretary, Carol Knight, at for a a digital copy of meeting minutes. Minutes are also published to the UCM Daily each month once approved by the Council.  


Standing Committees

Elections- Contact Judy Kenney at to join committee!

Employee Appreciation- Contact Tia Milburn at to join committee!

Fundraising- Contact Beth Rutt at to join this committee!

Recognition- Contact Chris Beggs at to chair/ join this committee.

Salary and Fringe Benefits- Contact Charlie Rutt at to join committee!

Supervisors- Contact Chris Beggs at to chair/ join this committee.

Welcome- Contact Chris Beggs at to chair/ join this committee.

University Committees

Public Safety Parking and Traffic Committee- Carol Knight

Faculty Senate International Affairs Committee- Suzy Latare


Staff Council President

Jackie S. Jackson
Smiser Alumni Center
Tel: (660) 543-4579


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