Dean's Staff Directory



Benjamin Withers

(970) 491-5421

  • Ph.D. in Art History, University of Chicago

Benjamin C. Withers has been dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University since 2016. In this role, Withers is responsible for $43M in annual expenditures, 13 academic departments/schools and six interdisciplinary programs, 539 faculty, 107 staff, and 6780 undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2020 and 2021, President Joyce McConnell appointed Withers as a member of the President’s Pandemic Planning Team and as co-chair of the Teaching Continuity and Recovery task force, a group that met consistently throughout the pandemic to ensure the excellence of CSU’s academic mission and the safety of CSU’s people. He has served as a member of then President Tony Frank’s President’s Commission on Culture, the College Board’s AP Higher Education Advisory Committee, and FoCO Creates which created the strategic plan for the City of Fort Collins.

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Michael Carolan

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Co-Director, Food Systems Institute for Research, Engagement and Learning
  • Engagement and Extension Food Systems Specialist

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University

Roze Hentschell

  • Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • Professor of English
  • Interim Chief Academic Officer, CSU System

(970) 491-6158

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

Ryan Claycomb

  • Professor of English and Theatre
  • Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs


  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Elinor Light

  • Senior Instructor
  • Assistant Dean for Student Success, College of Liberal Arts

  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Utah M.A., Colorado State University

Albert Bimper

  • Associate Dean and Executive Director of Professional Master’s Programs
  • Associate Professor

  • B.A. Colorado State University, M.A. Purdue University, Ph.D. Univeristy of Texas


Carol Erwin

  • Director, Liberal Arts Academic Support Center

  • B.S.E in English
  • M.A. in English
  • Ph.D. in English

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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College of Liberal Arts Advising

Communications & Recruitment

Beth Etter

  • Director of Communications

(970) 491-2374

  • M.A. in English, Colorado State University

Nicolle McMurray

  • Digital Media Specialist

(970) 491-5502

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

Ellie Crowley

  • Marketing and PR Specialist

  • B.A. in Business, Southwestern University

Ray Hecht

  • Recruitment and Enrollment Coordinator

(970) 821-5276

  • B.S. Occupational Safety and Health, Murray State University


Kevin Weaver

  • Managing Director of Development


  • M.Ed., University of North Texas

Lara Meyer

  • Associate Director of Development

(970) 491-7866

  • Grinnell College, BA
  • Colorado School of Public Health, MPH

Emily Schwartz

  • Associate Director of Development


  • B.A. Communication Studies, University of Montana

Kelly McDonnell

  • Donor Relations & Operations Coordinator


  • B.A. Environmental Science

Finance & Human Resources

Wes Scharf

  • Financial Officer

(970) 491-5398

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado

Becca McCarty

  • Senior Human Resources Manager

  • Bachelor's Degree Colorado State University
  • Master's Degree Colorado State University

Sarah Schwister

  • Human Resources Junior Partner


  • Human Resources Management BS
  • Creative Writing BA

Jenna Milliman

  • Human Resources Junior Partner

  • B.S. in Human Resources and Anthropology, Marquette University

Kaitlin Bachle

  • Human Resources Assistant

  • B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

Lillian Nugent

  • Budget Manager


  • MS, Organizational Leadership

Dawn Rumley

  • Accounting Tech

(970) 491-3737

  • Associate's Degree in English


Bryan Gillispie

  • Director, I.T.

(970) 491-2223

  • Master of Business Administration
  • B.S. Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. Business Admnistration - Management Information Systems

Bonnie Botello

  • Systems Administrator

(970) 491-2241

  • Master of Computer Information Systems (M.C.I.S.)

Alex Brown

  • IT Coordinator

(970) 491-2807

  • B.A in Economics
  • Master of Computer Information Systems

John Russell

  • Web Developer

(970) 492-4051

  • B.S. in Digital Art and Design

Brennen Kaylor

  • Web Designer


  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts


Colleen Weitzel

  • Assistant to the Dean

(970) 491-7191

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

Sadie Kinney-McGrath

  • Project Coordinator

(970) 491-6494

  • B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University

Betty Sims

  • Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator

  • M.A. in Social Justice and Human Rights, Arizona State University

Stephanie Wagner

  • Administrative Coordinator

  • Bachelor of Social Work at University of Kansas
  • Master of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago

Emily Lee

  • Assistant to the Program Director

  • B.S. Strategic Communications- Public Relations


Ann Claycomb

  • Director of Faculty Recognition

(970) 556-4633

  • Masters in Fine Arts, Fiction Writing
  • Masters, English Literature
  • BA, English (honors) and Psychology

Catherine Coleman Kane

  • Director of Research Support

(970) 491-5394

  • B.S. in Public Relations, University of Florida

Student Employees

Grace Weintrob

  • Dean's Office Assistant

  • Communication Studies Student

Bianca de Toledo Piza

  • Dean's Office Assistant

  • Psychology Student