Dean's Staff Directory



Benjamin 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 & 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 Assistant Dean

PhD, University of Maryland, College Park


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


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

Rachel Gaisford

Project Coordinator and Content Specialist

B.S. in Public Relations, Minor in Sociology, Northern Arizona University



Tonya Malik-Carson

Director of Development

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

(970) 491-3558

Kevin Weaver

Associate 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

Sarah Blessinger

Human Resources Officer

MS/Psychology; BA/English



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

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

Brittany Lesar

Administrative Coordinator

B.A. in Communication Studies, Colorado State University



Jessica Rencher

CLA Recruitment Coordinator

Human Resources and Education M.Ed.


Catherine Coleman Kane

Director of Research Support

B.S. in Public Relations, University of Florida

(970) 491-5394


Cole Wise

Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator

B.A. in Political Science, Colorado State University