Chancellor Les Cook -  Montana Tech


Les P. Cook

Montana Tech Chancellor, Les Cook

As the 12th chancellor of Montana Technological University, Dr. Les Cook is focused on advancing Montana Tech through strategic enrollment growth, student success, communication, and positioning the University for the future.

Before he was appointed chancellor on July 1, 2019, he spent 16 years at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. At Michigan Tech, he held numerous leadership positions, including vice president for strategic university partnerships, vice president for student affairs and advancement, vice president for student affairs, and vice provost and dean of students. Before Michigan Tech, Dr. Cook held positions at the University of the Pacific, University of Utah, and Salt Lake Community College.

Dr. Cook holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in social science, and a bachelor of science in political science from Utah State University. Dr. Cook also completed Harvard University’s Institute on Educational Management.

Cook is actively involved with several professional and student service associations. He is the chair of the Foundation Board of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), former region IV-East vice president, and NASPA national board member. Cook serves as a trustee of the LeaderShape Institute Board of Trustees and has long served as a lead faculty member. Previously Cook served as chair of the chief student affairs officer’s group for the Michigan Association of State Universities, on the board for Student Affairs Today, is a lifetime member of the National Orientation Directors Association, has been an active member of the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Cook is actively involved in the Butte community. He serves on the Butte-Silver Bow County Healthy Task Force and is a board member for the Butte Chamber of Commerce. 

Les and wife, Stephanie, have two grown children: Cole, who works for the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Team and lives in Phoenix, AZ; and Adison, who will be pursuing her doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Montana in Missoula.