Clarke University is committed to providing the best possible living experience in the residence hall, and that begins with qualified, caring, and well-trained staff. Staff members have been carefully selected, specially trained, and are willing to help students have a successful campus living experience.
Kevin Utt, Dean of Students
As the dean of students, Kevin oversees the vision and direction of on-campus living at Clarke. He works closely with the residence life staff to create and promote an interactive, safe, and academically engaged community. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hanover College (2004), and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University (2006). Kevin grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and continues to spend time hiking, backpacking, and canoeing whenever possible.
Douglas Haltinner, Director of Residence Life
(Mary Benedict Hall & Catherine Dunn Apartments)
Doug received a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture & Aquarium Science from the University of New England (2009) in Biddeford, ME as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota (2012). Doug has experience working in residence life, multicultural affairs, as well as conflict mediation. Doug is originally from Appleton, WI and often makes trips back to support the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Doug enjoys biking, and hiking as well as volunteering for local organizations.
The senior manager is a part-time employee who lives in the residence halls and is responsible for the oversight of the community and the students within. The senior manager encourages the development of residential programs, supervises student staff members and performs administrative duties. The senior manager holds 6-8 office hours a week and reports to the director of residence life. The senior manager’s office is located in Mary Frances Hall.
The resident assistant (RA) is a student staff member assigned to live in the residence halls to ensure that concerned and trained staff are readily available to answer questions, assist individual residents as needed, aid in developing a community atmosphere on the floor, and assist in enforcing university and residence hall policies. They report to the assistant director and/or senior manager of their respective residence area. Click here for information about becoming a resident assistant.