Stephen Lisonbee is assistant vice president of the Office of Regional Services at Southern Utah University. He oversees departments and centers who focus on community, economic and workforce developments programs and partnerships.
Lisonbee has been involved in community, economic, and workforce development throughout Utah for the past 20 years. He has been recognized as a leader who develops relationships and partnerships. His leadership is most notable through his convening power and vision creation.
Most recently, Lisonbee was appointed as the senior advisor to the Governor for rural affairs for the state of Utah.
Prior to SUU, Lisonbee held the appointed position as Division Director for Utah’s Workforce Development Division where he was tasked with administering federal and state programs to fuel Utah's economic engine and sustainable workforce through a career and educational approach. He has played a leadership role in some very impactful efforts to include the Utah Rural Summit, InUT: Learn & Work, Operation Rio Grande, Intergenerational Poverty, 25K Jobs, 100K jobs in 1000 days, Talent Ready Utah, TANF: Family Focused Case Management, Workforce Opportunity Investment Act, and Utah Employability to Careers.
Lisonbee earned a master's degree in business administration from Southern Utah University and is also a graduate of Utah’s Certified Public Managers program.
Industry Expertise (1)
Training and Development
Areas of Expertise (5)
Workforce and Economic Development
Southern Utah University: M.A., Business Administration
The Spirit of Southern Utah Award (2020) (professional)
Larry H. Miller Entrepreneurship Leadership Council
Governor's Award for Excellence (2018)
Utah Governor Gary Herbert
SUCCESS Innovation Award (2018) (professional)
Utah State Governor's Office of Management and Budgeting
- Governor's Rural Partnership Executive Board
- Iron County Economic Development Board
Media Appearances (4)
Cox, Henderson announce key appointments for Utah Governor's Cabinet
FOX 13 tv
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Stephen Lisonbee has been appointed Senior Advisor of Rural Affairs, fulfilling a campaign promise to raise the profile of rural issues within the Cox administration. In addition to his new role, Lisonbee will retain his current position as Assistant Vice President of the Office of Regional Services at Southern Utah University and continue to live in LaVerkin.
Gov.-elect Cox announces more administration hires weeks ahead of inauguration
Lieutenant governor and Gov.-elect Spencer Cox's office announced another round of appointments to his upcoming administration Wednesday morning, filling key positions to oversee education, the economy, rural affairs and more.
A closer look at the Cox/Henderson leadership appointments
Utah Policy online
The Cox/Henderson team has announced additional key cabinet members to serve with the new administration. They have pulled from the legislature, the current administration, the state school board, academia and local government.
The opportunity you’ve been Looking for: The Southern Utah Speed Pitch
As a state, Utah not only supports entrepreneurism, we are built on it. Stephen Lisonbee, Executive Director of Regional Services at Southern Utah University joined Good Things Utah to talk about how SUU is fostering and supporting new business ideas and working to generate a community of support and resources for success.