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Office of the Dean of Students

Location: Union 270 |Phone:  (801) 581-7066

Jason Ramirez


Jason is a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team and provides supervisory oversight to the departments of Student Support & Accountability, Student Athlete Advocate, Student Leadership & Involvement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Bennion Service Center, and the Office for Inclusive Excellence.  He also serves on various University committees and serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Brian Burton

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT Support & Accountability

Brian is responsible for managing all aspects of student accountability in accordance with the Student Code of Rights & Responsibilities and providing leadership, training, support and guidance to members of the campus community in addressing student misconduct and/or assisting students affected by another’s behavior.  The associate dean serves both as a Conduct Hearing Officer and as an OEO/Title IX Liaison.


Montelleo Hobley, Jr.

AsSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Student support
Behavioral intervention team chair

Montelleo is responsible for the assessment of students who have been observed exhibiting concerning behaviors and the coordination and training of the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team. They also support students who are seeking assistance with navigating University processes and policies and or academic adjustments due to extenuating personal circumstances and/or Title IX-related issues.

Ulysses Tonga'onevai


Ulysses administers and implements the Student Code of Conduct by ensuring due process and fairness for all parties, monitoring the completion of educational and judicial sanctions, and serving as a Conduct Hearing Officer for various level cases.  He also counsels students (both responding students and complainants) regarding their rights and responsibilities for the safety of the campus community.

 Leila S. Ames


Leila’s primary role as Student-Athlete Advocate is to support the wellbeing and safety of student-athletes by providing neutral, private and informal assistance to student-athletes at the University of Utah.  The SAA is a resource for information and referrals and assists in the resolution of concerns by connecting student-athletes with appropriate existing adjudication processes.  She assists the Athletics Department with the development, delivery, and needs assessment of the Student-Athlete Health, Safety and Wellbeing Program. 

Kim Clarken

Executive Assistant

Kim assists direct callers and visitors with resources within our department and across campus, and assists with making appointments. Additionally, she completes dean's certification forms (background checks) for students applying to graduate and professional programs.


Oriana Flores


Oriana currently pursuing her master’s degree in the Educational Leadership and Policy Program here are the University of Utah. Through the ELP program she hopes to grow her passion for student affairs and learn tools and resources that will make her a well-rounded student affairs professional. She is very excited to be part of the team in The Office of the Dean of Students!

Whitney Hills


Whitney works to support the safety and wellbeing of the campus community by taking reports, gathering information and reaching out to students, staff and faculty. She provides assistance to students who may be in distress or managing extenuating circumstances by connecting them to available campus resources, as well as providing guidance on various University processes and policies.

Tevita "T" Hola Jr.


Tevita will seek to proactively help students navigate various roadblocks they may encounter on their path to graduation. In doing so, he will have the responsibility of supporting students who have been in distress or managing personal circumstances by developing goals that include collaborative efforts with our campus community as well as keeping in compliance with University processes and policies.

Richelle D. Warr


Richelle supports the accountability, support, and advocacy work of the office through ensuring case comply with relevant policies and legislation. She maintains technology resources that buttress the student-focused work conducted by the Office of the Dean of Students. Richelle also provides support for efforts to continually evaluate and improve the services we provide to the campus community.

K'mwe Paw


K’mwe Paw is a freshman at the U! She is majoring in English. She hopes to become a successful author one day. After graduating, I hope to publish many books and travel the world.

Leila Safi


Leila Safi is a junior majoring in business and is a pre law student. She hopes to open her own law office as an immigration attorney. In her free time she enjoys hiking, spending time with her nieces and volunteering.

Bennion Service Center

Location: Union 101 |Phone:  (801) 581-4811

Dean McGovern


Dean McGovern enjoys exploring the intersections of education and community. He is inspired daily by the students and faculty who choose to make the world a better place through their learning, teaching, and scholarship. He believes that if the Bennion Center didn’t already exist that someone would just have to invent it. Dean gets lost running mountain trails whenever he can.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Location: Union 228 |Phone:  (801) 581-8061

Jess Turuc

 Jess Turuc


Jess provides supervision and support to the fraternity and sorority community including the areas of program development, recruitment, risk management, and student leadership.

Student Leadership & Involvement

Location: Union 248 |Phone:  (801) 581-7526

Erica Andersen


Erica serves as the Director for Student Leadership & Involvement. She supervises seven professional staff members, advises student leaders, coordinates the Leadership Studies Minor, and facilitates leadership development opportunities for students and engagement with student organizations and the campus community.


Last Updated: 8/28/20