Dean's Staff Directory



Benjamin Withers

(970) 491-5421

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

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Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University since 2016, Benjamin C. Withers is responsible for $55M in annual expenditures, serving 13 academic departments/schools and six interdisciplinary programs, with more than 600 faculty and staff, and 6,780 degree earning undergraduate and graduate students.

With his leadership, the faculty and staff in the College have increased the size of the incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate majors by 30%, added nearly 100 new tenure-track faculty, and achieved new highs in sponsored research awards ($3.5 million), and, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, significantly increased faculty and staff salaries. In conjunction with his development staff, he has been a part of external fundraising that includes two of the largest individual gifts in college history: $5M in 2019 and $15M in 2020. The College is currently undertaking a $135m renovation/new construction of the Clark Building, one of CSU’s most heavily used buildings.

Withers earned his doctorate in art history from the University of Chicago focusing on early medieval manuscripts, taught a variety of courses at Indiana University South Bend and University of Kentucky before coming to Colorado State. With three books/edited collections and nearly 40 peer-reviewed publications, his scholarship has been supported by the NEH, The Indiana University President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative, University of Kentucky, and The Ameritech Foundation, among others.





Elissa Braunstein

  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
  • Professor of Economics


  • Ph.D.

Ryan Claycomb

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

(970) 491.6551

  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

Michelle Stanley

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Liberal Arts
  • Professor of Music
  • Graduate Flute Professor


  • D.M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder

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

Student Success

Carol Erwin

  • Director, Liberal Arts Academic Support Center

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

Kelsey Schultz

  • Career Education Manager

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

Abby Jaroszewicz

  • Scholarship and Student Program Coordinator

(970) 491-2839

  • B.A. in English
  • M.A. in Student Affairs Administration


CLA Academic Advising Office Located at C207 Clark

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

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(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

  • Assistant Director of Communications

(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

Emily Waldron

  • Donor Relations and Operations Coordinator


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 Chew

  • 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


Heather Bellotti

  • Human Resources Partner

(970) 491-5533

  • B.A. in Liberal Arts, Colorado State University

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

Emily Lee

  • Assistant to Program and SAU Directors

  • B.S. Strategic Communications- Public Relations

Program support for Arts Management, Sport Management, & Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts


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