University of Southern Indiana

Elections

2021 - 2023 Term | Candidates

VICE CHAIR

Steven Stump
In my role at USI, I am responsible for helping external parties connect with University expertise and resources in order to help them grow their businesses. I am a double-graduate of USI, have served on Administrative Senate for the past 2 years as a Senator for District 3, and would be honored to work for my fellow administrators in the role of Vice Chair. If elected to this role, it is my desire to make more connections across campus and assist in ways that will help Administrative Senate be as effective as possible in enhancing our institution and its impact in our community.

DISTRICT 1 SENATOR - 2 year term

Jada Hogg
Jada is the Outreach Coordinator/Student Mentor of the Multicultural Center.  She graduated from Greenville University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She then earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the same institution. After 10 years of teaching 1st grade and a brief 3-year stint as an Academic Advisor for a TRIO program Educational Opportunity Programs, she transitioned into her current position here at USI. The position is the culmination of all previous ventures and is an opportunity of a lifetime.  Jada has a love for students and people and is motivated to help and serve wherever is needed. Her most recent passion is financial literacy and the issue of student loan debt.

Nathan Payne
My name is Nathan Payne and I am a proud Owensboro, Kentucky native. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree from Murray State University in 2016 and my Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Mississippi in 2019. I have been with the University of Southern Indiana for 2 years and continue to strive to bring positivity and vibrance (and song suggestions) to the Student Development Programs Office, as well as those around me. Throughout my time here, I have noticed several key things that I feel important to voice on behalf of my colleagues. I place a heavy emphasis on communication and transparency within relationships, which means I hope to develop relationships and open/convenient communicative channels with all constituents among my district, if I have not already. It is my steadfast dedication to those around me that have garnered such notable achievements as: Culver’s Restaurant #358 June 2011 Employee of the Month and Ms. Clark’s third grade class spelling bee champion. I hope to represent you as your senator!

DISTRICT 2 SENATOR - 2 year term

Nick Bebout
I am a Systems Administrator in the Information Technology department. I have worked at USI for 5 years, and have served on Staff Council in the past and now currently serve on Administrative Senate.  I hope to continue serving our University and our administrators in this capacity. I am a member of Administrative Senate's Employee Relations and Benefits committee.

Robert Threet
Robert first came to ISUE in 1978 on his 10-speed to get a library card (because it was the closest library to him). After high school, he returned to ISUE for Freshman Orientation on June 8th, 1982 and spent the entire morning in the tech building basement waiting out the storm. After a stint in engineering quality control and data processing in manufacturing, Robert started a career in IT which would lead him into banking, networking, Novell and UNIX. Robert has been the Systems Manager for most of his 20 years at USI and has recently completed his MALS. He has a lot of ideas and opinions which he has mostly kept to himself but is now ready to inflict on others.

DISTRICT 3 SENATORS - 2 year term

Raymond Simmons
Ray was named the University of Southern Indiana Director of Athletic Communications in August of 1989. Simmons is the media liaison for the USI Department of Athletics and the primary media contact for the men’s and women’s soccer, men’s basketball, and baseball programs. "I was a part Administrative Senate in 2011 and feel it is time to come back to help administrators continue their growth and success." In addition to the Administrative Senate, he's play a major role in helping the University successfully host many national events like the NCAA II Elite Eight and the Cross Country National Championships.

DISTRICT 4 SENATORS - 2 year term

Betsy Mullins
Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." My name is Betsy Jo Farley Mullins, and I am excited to be a nominee for a senator position in the Administrative Senate. I’m a USI alumna, and I have been a USI employee for a total of 6 years. I began as an administrative assistant in Housing and Residence Life. After four years, I was offered a full-time position as Assistant Director of Housing Assignments for the University of Kentucky, which I held until 2016. At that time, my husband and I relocated back to Henderson, Kentucky. In 2019, I was rehired as Business Operations Coordinator with Housing and Residences, my current position. I have a passion for service and giving back personally and professionally, and I am committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion here at USI. In 2010, I served as a USI’s Staff Council member and in 2011 was elected chair. In addition to serving as a past chair, I also served as a USI Economic Benefits committee and Employee Relations committee member. Given the opportunity, I would love to serve you in a new role as a member of the Administrative Senate.

Alec Reed
Hi, everyone. I just wanted to take the time to formally accept my nomination for Admin Senate as I believe it would be a great honor and responsibility to be a part of a committee that is dedicated to making USI a better place for faculty, staff, students, and our community. A little about me: I graduated from USI with my Bachelor’s in Political Science in 2018 and am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication. Upon my graduation from USI in 2018 I went on to work for many political organizations—assisting and managing grassroot campaigns at both the state and local level. After leaving my last political position as Mayor Winnecke’s Political Director, I took on a graduate assistantship in Undergraduate Admissions just to get my foot in the door in higher education. Currently, as I write to you, I am an Admissions Counselor in Undergraduate Admissions and I am incredibly excited at the potential opportunity to serve USI in another capacity. I spent the better part of two years after my graduation attempting to come back to USI and help the place that provided to be a second home to me during times of uncertainty and assist in any way I am able to move us forward. Thank you for your consideration and I hope to serve as your next Senator.

AT-LARGE SENATOR - 2 year term

Taylor Gogel
Originally from Dale, IN and a graduate of Heritage Hills High School, I finished my undergraduate work at USI in 2013. While a student, I worked on the Carnegie Engaged University application with University leadership which was a highlight of the college experience. Much of what I learned in that process has been an asset in my current role, connecting and fostering relationships with alumni and friends of this great University. In 2016, I began working at the USI Foundation. In my current role, I invite donors to invest and make financial gifts in support of our students. It has been a wonderful experience to have conversations with those who value higher education and the unique opportunities we offer at USI. I completed my graduate work, Master of Public Administration, in 2019. I was offered the opportunity to teach as an adjunct instructor this current semester, also exposing students to the world of public service. My time at USI is truly coming full circle – first a student, then alumnus, employee, student again, and now teacher. In 2019, my wife, Hannah, and I were blessed with our first son, Lawson. Referred to as the Gogels on Vogel, we continue to renovate our 1938 home on Vogel Road. I enjoy collecting 70’s soft rock vinyl, playing euchre, and yard work. I am also an active member in Evansville Rotary and currently serve on the board at Potter’s Wheel.

John Perkins
I have been practicing and utilizing recruiting, coaching, and mentoring methods since college when I would lead campus and hall tours to prospective students of the university as well as leading my hall in both senate and athletic director roles. In January 2011, I began working professionally in recruiting as a Recruiting Coordinator for incoming college applicants at JP Morgan. I then transitioned into corporate IT recruiting focusing on Help Desk Associates, System Administrators, and DBAs. In June 2012 I began working with both IT and Engineering candidates helping them find career advancing opportunities and performing full cycle agency recruiting. I am now working in Career Services at the University of Southern Indiana where I prepare college students for the workforce, assisting with job hunting, resume writing, interviewing practices and professional development along with teaching a professional development course. I enjoy meeting new people and building strong bonds as well as coaching and mentoring others.

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