Dean's Staff Directory



Benjamin Withers

Ph.D. in Art History, University of Chicago

(970) 491-5421

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 & Faculty Development

Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University

(970) 491-5797

Roze Hentschell

Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Programs

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

(970) 491-6158

Ryan Claycomb

Professor, Interim Associate Dean

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


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

Communications & Recruitment

Elizabeth 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

Maria Do

Project Manager & Marketing Specialist

B.A. Mass Communications

Raymond Hecht

Recruitment and Enrollment Coordinator

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

(970) 821-5276


Kevin Weaver

Managing Director of Development

M.Ed., University of North Texas


Leighanne Alford

Assistant Director of Development

Hendrix College, B.A. Psychology


Kelly McDonnell

Donor Relations & Operations Coordinator

B.A. Environmental Science


Finance & Human Resources

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

Lillian Nugent

Budget Manager

MS, Organizational Leadership


Sarah Blessinger

Human Resources Officer

MS/Psychology; BA/English


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


Bryan Gillispie

Director, I.T.

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

(970) 491-2223

Bonnie Botello

Systems Administrator

B.S. in Business Administration

(970) 491-2241

Alex Brown

IT Coordinator

B.A in Economics

(970) 491-2807

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

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

(970) 491-7191

Sadie Kinney-McGrath

Project Coordinator

B.S. in Psychology, Colorado State University

(970) 491-6494

Betty Sims

Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator

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


Catherine Coleman Kane

Director of Research Support

B.S. in Public Relations, University of Florida

(970) 491-5394

Student Employees

Grace Weintrob

Dean's Office Assistant

Communication Studies Student

Gemma Buhaenko

Dean's Office Assistant

School of Social Work, Colorado State University; American Sign Language (ASL), Colorado State University