Veterans Advisory Council

The Seattle University Veterans Advocacy Council is a panel of SU faculty and administrators that meet to recommend more ways for the University to be more Veteran accessible.

A report of recommendations was completed in Spring 2011. The report includes the composition of the veteran student population on campus, assesses the quality of support services for veterans, and contains recommendations to the university administration based on the findings.


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James Willette, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Higher Education Leadership, Colorado State University
M.Ed., Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, University of Vermont
B.S., Professional Writing (Media/Creative Writing Emphasis), Champlain College

Dean of Students

Phone: 206-296-6060

Building/Room: Student Center 140

Dr. Willette is the Dean of Students at Seattle University.  Dr. Willette earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University in 2016.  Previously, he completed a Master of Education degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration at the University of Vermont in 2007, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing with a Media and Creative Writing focus at Champlain College in 2005.  As Dean of Students, Dr. Willette supervises Integrity Formation, Counseling & Psychological Services, Wellness & Health Promotion, the Student Health Center, and chairs the CARE Team and the Veterans Advisory Council.  

Pronouns: he/him/his

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Rick Fehrenbacher

Dean of the School of New and Continuing Studies

Building/Room: LSAX 240

Dr. Rick Fehrenbacher is the inaugural dean of Seattle University’s School of New and Continuing Studies and Director of the Center for Digital Learning and Innovation. Prior to joining Seattle University in October of 2012, Dr. Fehrenbacher was a professor of English and Director of Distance and Extended Education at the University of Idaho. Dr. Fehrenbacher received his Ph.D. from Duke University, M.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.A. from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

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Gabriella Santos

Student Financial Services Counselor
Veterans Certifying Official

Phone: 206-296-5879

Building/Room: USVC 105

Gabriella Santos works in Student Financial Services as a Financial Aid Counselor.  She is one of the VA SCO’s on campus and works primarily with Student Veterans and Student Athletes.  Growing up in the Seattle area, Gabby completed her undergraduate work at Washington State University, before working in the baseball industry.  Eventually finding her way back to Seattle; she began working at Seattle University in March 2006.  She received her Master in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University.  She feels truly blessed to assist our students as they work toward their academic and career goals.

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Tom Hove

B.S.W., Social Work

Americorps Veteran Navigator

Pronouns: he/him/his

Tom Hove grew up in Tracy, MT. He spent 4 years, in the US Navy, as a hospital corpsman. During his time in service he was stationed at Naval Hospital Guam, as well as, Naval Hospital Bremerton. His interests are photography, anything outdoors, volunteering, and drinking coffee.

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Tyrone Brown

MFA in Arts Leadership

Assistant Director

Phone: 206-296-6070

Building/Room: PAVL 180D

Tyrone Brown is an assistant director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at Seattle University. As an Assistant Director, Tyrone is responsible for the Diversity, Equity, and Education Program (DEEP), advising OMA Alliance (student clubs and organizations), focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer students (LGTBQ), military veterans, and social justice development.

Previously, Tyrone spent five plus years as the administrative coordinator for the Office of the President, Vice President for Student Development, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He is a Seattle University alumni, having received his MFA in Arts Leadership in 2010 and is the founder of MORAL MONDAYS at SU, the #BlackLivesMatter initiative on campus. Brown is the 2016 Spirit of Community Award (Staff) for exceptional commitment to service with a nonprofit agency or to coordinating or sustaining projects that make a positive difference in the community.

Tyrone is a Seattle native, First Gulf War veteran, and a theatre director / producer. In his free time, he can be found dancing (everyday), singing the music of jazz legend Billy Strayhorn, and aspiring to be a modern-day Dandy.