As the first Dean of Students for College of Eastern Idaho (CEI), Michael Walker
established a variety of new and restructured student services, setting the agenda
for the Student Affairs division over the past several years.
Walker helped lead the charge on a variety of new departments and services, including student mental health counseling services, disability resources, enrollment management, a Title IX office, and student conduct; he also revamped several programs in admissions, academic advising, financial aid, student life, testing services, and assisted in some program development with the Center for New Directions; He has also advocated for and been instrumental in shaping the new Enrollment Management structure of Student Affairs, with Associate Dean Hailey Mack leading that portion of the division.
Mike’s greatest strength is in leadership mentoring. Walker researched and
co-authored several grants for CEI, including the successful “Childcare means
Parents in Schools” (CCAMPIS) grant, in which the Department of Education awarded
the college $120,000 over four years to pay for student childcare costs, thereby
easing the burden for low-income student parents. Walker has engaged in and
collaboratively established a variety of programs and activities at CEI with his
awesome team. Some of those initiatives included an esports program and club, a
Behavioral Intervention Team, changes in retention initiatives, a weekly live
broadcast for students (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, available on
YouTube and Facebook), and assisting with the new Falcon Family Food Pantry, in
partnership with Community Food Basket. This fall Walker even dyed his hair blue
to encourage additional donations for the food bank!
As well as an administrator, Walker is an education psychology researcher; he will complete his PhD in Education from Utah State University in 2021. His research explores the psychology of hope in new freshmen. Walker also holds two master’s degrees, one in History from BYU (2011) and another in Higher Education and Student Affairs from USU (2017). Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in History from BYU-Idaho (2005).
Walker serves on several boards in the community including the Executive Boards for the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce (since 2019) and the Museum of Idaho (starting January 2020). Walker recently accepted an appointment on the board for Greater Idaho Falls Transit (GIFT), the forthcoming hopeful relaunch of public transportation services for Idaho Falls. Walker has taught Ethics and History at the collegiate level for the past thirteen years for USU, UVU, SLCC and now CEI.
Walker is a single father to two amazing sons, and enjoys hiking, fishing, biking, snowboarding, running, and loves everything the Tetons, Yellowstone, and the region has to offer in outdoor recreation.
Shelley is a native of Idaho Falls and has spent most of her life here. As the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs, her duties are many and varied, including scheduling, note taking, emailing, and making sure the Dean has everything he needs to carry out the functions of Student Affairs. In addition to her Administrative Assistant duties, Shelley is also the Academic Scheduler and Catalog Specialist. She works with all departments campus-wide to ensure the catalog is accurate and the academic schedule is available for student registration each semester.
Shelley has spent many years in the workforce serving as a head secretary of a local
elementary school, records specialist for the Habitat Conservation Plan in
Washington County, Utah (she saved the Mojave Desert Tortoises!), Senior Trainer for
Melaleuca, and the Executive Assistant to the CEO of REDI.
Shelley is the mother of two amazing daughters and a grandmother to five adorable grandchildren (four boys and one girl). After a 30-year hiatus, Shelley is finally back in school working on her bachelor’s degree in General Studies. She has a passion for education and is thrilled to be part of the CEI family since 2019!
Hailey Mack is the Associate Dean of Enrollment Management a new position of CEI. Previously, Mack has worked for College of Western Idaho, Idaho State University, and 7 years at College of Eastern Idaho. She has experience in Human Resources, Student Life, Advising, One Stop, Recruitment, and Student Affairs in general. Mack attended College of Southern Idaho and transferred to Boise State University where she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. In 2018, Mack earned a Master of Science degree from Western Governors University in Management and Leadership. Mack is a recruitment, marketing, implementation, and logistics guru, having led numerous initiatives, projects, and departments.
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Michael J. Walker
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