Staff Advocacy Council

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The Staff Advocacy Council (SAC) is an extension of the SMU Staff Association and consists of representatives from SMU’s schools and divisions. The purpose of the Staff Advocacy Council is to facilitate dialogue regarding areas of common staff interests and concern, to provide insight on University initiatives to administrators, and to submit recommendations on behalf of the staff community.

SMU staff members are encouraged to share ideas with University Administration through the Council. If you have a suggestion, let us know! SMU staff members may contact their representatives directly or use the SAC online submission form below to share ideas and suggestions.

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Please Note:  Individual personnel matters must be addressed through SMU’s Department of Human Resources.

Staff Advocacy Council Members, 2023–2024:



Campus Box #

Phone Number


Council Chair

Samantha Tellone  262

x 8-1711

Academic Affairs (SAES, UDS, IPE)

Sue Bierman


x 8-1074

Athletics  Darius Maize    x 8-3585 

Business & Finance
(includes Campus Services and Facilities Planning & Management)

Gail Darden


x 8-1442

Cox School of Business

Anna Martinez


x 8-4474

Development and External Affairs

Michelle Baehl

x 8-4559

Dedman College

Scot Montague

x 8-2809

Dedman School of Law

Winston Tubb


x 8-1832

DES, Taos, Int’l Programs

Jerrod Harrell   x 8-3490                 

Legal Affairs

Diane Rives

x 8-1903

Lyle School of Engineering

Alisha Bailey   x 8-4863 

Meadows School of the Arts

Ryan Cole


x 8-2079

Perkins School of Theology

Rachel Holmes


x 8-3515 

President’s Office (including OIT and Investments Office)

Karie Conklin


x 8-3805


Jalesia Horton

  x 8-3140 

Simmons School of Education

Dawn Levy

511 x 8-7719

Student Affairs

Kaleb Loomis  282  x 8-4503 

If you believe your department is not currently represented by a Council member, please contact the SAC Chair. The Immediate Past-President of the SMU Staff Association chairs the Council.