Dean's Staff Directory



Ben Withers

Ph.D. in Art History, University of Chicago

Ben Withers is dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University. With a Ph.D. in art history, and a focus on medieval art, Withers has worked at Indiana University South Bend and University of Kentucky before coming to Colorado State. As a former department chair, honors program director, associate provost for undergraduate education, and dean of undergraduate studies, Withers has a track record of expanding and strengthening undergraduate programs, promoting multidisciplinary collaborations, fundraising, and supporting diversity and inclusion. A two-time all-state musician in high school, Withers attended Carleton College, a small liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, for his undergraduate studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

(970) 491-5421


Michael Carolan

Professor of Sociology; Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Affairs

Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University

(970) 491-5797

Roze Hentschell

Professor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. in English, University of California, Santa Barbara

(970) 491-6158

Alexandra Bernasek

Sr. Associate Dean, Professor

Ph.D University of Michigan



Kevin Foskin

Director, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

MFA in Fine/Studio Arts and Fiction, Colorado State University

(970) 491-2259

Andrea Duffy

Director, International Studies; Special Assistant Professor

B.A., Princeton University, 2003, Cum Laude; Ph.D., History, Georgetown University, 2013


970-491-5421; For advising appointments: 970-491-3117


Academic Support Coordinators
The Advising Team

Office Located at C207 Clark

Over 15 liberal arts academic success coordinators will help you decide which major and courses fit into your path.

Contact the office by email, phone or in person.
(970) 491-3117

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Elizabeth Terry-Emmot

Director, Academic Success Coordinator


Beth Etter

Director of Communications

M.A. in English, Colorado State University

(970) 491-2374

Nicolle McMurray

Digital Media Specialist

B.S. in Business Administration and B.A. in Journalism & Media Communication, Colorado State University

(970) 491-5502


Tonya Malik-Carson

Director of Development

MFA, London International School of the Performing Arts; MBA, Colorado State University

(970) 491-3558

Shannon Dale

Assistant Director of Development

M.A. English, Colorado State University

(970) 491-5120

Savannah Kacher

Assistant Director of Development

B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Journalism, Wheaton College

(970) 491-4030

Kelly McDonnell

Donor Relations & Operations Coordinator

B.A. Environmental Science


Holly Fink

Development Assistant

Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, Colorado State University

Finance & Budget

Wes Scharf

Financial Officer

Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado

(970) 491-5398

Dawn Rumley

Accounting Tech

Associate's Degree in English

(970) 491-3737


Bryan Gillispie

Director, I.T.

Master of Business Administration

(970) 491-2223

Bonnie Botello

Systems Administrator

B.S. in Business Administration

(970) 491-2241

Katie Lungren

IT Coordinator

B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University


John Russell

Web Design and Development Coordinator

B.S. in Digital Art and Design

(970) 492-4051

Brennen Kaylor

Web Designer

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts



Colleen Weitzel

Assistant to the Dean for Internal Relations

B.A. in Journalism and Technical Communication, Colorado State University

(970) 491-7191

Magdeline Golnar

Administrative Assistant

BFA in Graphic Design, Colorado State University

(970) 491-6494

Brittany Lesar

Administrative Assistant

B.A. in Communication Studies, Colorado State University



Erika Pepmeyer

Recruitment Coordinator

Masters in Computer Information Systems (Expected May '20)

Office (970) 491-1194; Cell (970) 821-5276


Catherine Coleman Kane

Director of Research Support

B.S. in Public Relations, University of Florida

(970) 491-5394