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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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

Elissa Braunstein

  • Research Associate Dean
  • Professor of Economics


  • Ph.D.

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


Rosa Mikeal Martey

  • Professor
  • Faculty Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Ph.D., Communication, Annenberg School for Communication


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

Kelsey Schultz

  • Career Education Manager

  • B.A. in Psychology & Communication | M.A. in College Student Personnel

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

  • M.B.A. Marketing Data Analytics, Colorado State University

Ellie Crowley

  • Marketing and PR Specialist

  • B.A. in Business, Southwestern University

Kristen Mullen

  • CLA Recruitment Coordinator

(970) 821-5276

  • Ohio University- Bachelor of Arts in Middle Education
  • Colorado State University- Master of Arts in English Literature


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

Eliza Wagner-Kinyon

  • Finance Manager


  • M.A., B.A. - Colorado State University

Lillian Nugent

  • Budget Manager


  • MS, Organizational Leadership

Sarah Schwister

  • Human Resources Partner


  • Bachelor's Degree Queens University of Charlotte
  • Master's Degree Colorado State University in Progress

Levi Blakeslee

  • Human Resources Partner


Jenna Milliman

  • Human Resources Junior Partner

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

Erin Hill

  • Human Resources Assistant

  • Associate of Arts Degree

Dawn Rumley

  • Accounting Tech

(970) 491-3737

  • Associate's Degree in English


Bryan Gillispie

  • Director of IT

(970) 491-2223

  • Master of Business Administration
  • B.S. Computer Information Systems
  • B.S. Business Administration - MIS
  • Associate of Arts

Bonnie Botello

  • Systems Administrator

(970) 491-2241

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

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

Stephanie Wagner

  • Administrative Coordinator

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

Grace Weintrob

  • Interim Scholarship and Student Programs Coordinator

  • B.A. in Communication Studies, Colorado State University

Emily Lee

  • Assistant to the Program Director

  • B.S. Strategic Communications- Public Relations


Ann Claycomb

  • Director of Faculty Recognition
  • Fulbright Liaison

(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

Courtney Fallon

  • Dean's Office Assistant

  • M.A. in Communication | Ph.D. Student

Bianca de Toledo Piza

  • Dean's Office Assistant

  • Psychology Student