Director of Housing/Associate Dean of Students
Jean Merkle is the Associate Dean of Students for Upper Iowa University. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication from the University of Minnesota, Morris and Master's Degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jean arrived at Upper Iowa University in 2003 and has been in the field of Higher Education since 1994. She has served in multiple capacities of Student Development throughout her 16 year career; Residence Life, First Year Experience, Career Services, Security, and Student Activities. Jean's current responsibilities include being the Director of Residence Life and Security. Jean is married to Jeff Merkle and has 3 children and resides in Fayette.
Assistant Director of Residence Life and Coordinator for Educational Initiatives
Courtney O. Thompson is the Assistant Director of Residence Life & Educational Initiatives at Upper Iowa University. He received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Counseling from Northern Caribbean University and his master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Higher Education Administration (MHEA) degree here at Upper Iowa University. Prior to his arriving at Upper Iowa University, he served in several leadership positions at other schools, to include serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Student Government and Resident Assistant/Advisor in the Office of Residence Life at Northern Caribbean University, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Residence Life and Head Resident Counselor for Upward Bound at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.