Feb 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


The Metropolitan State University of Denver is governed by the Board of Trustees-Metropolitan State University of Denver. The members are appointed by the Governor of Colorado and approved by the Senate.

Board of Trustees

Date of First Appointment

Term Expires 

Elaine Gantz Berman



Christopher Harder, Ph.D., Faculty Trustee



Terrance Carroll, J.D.



Wendy Dominguez



Judith George, Alumni Representative



Barbara Barnes Grogan, Vice Chair



Lacey Hyde, Student Trustee



Walter Isenberg



Michelle M. Lucero, J.D.



James Mulligan, J.D.



John Pogge, J.D., Chair



William Jeffrey Shoemaker




Office of the President


Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

General Counsel

David Fine, Esq.

Associate to the President for Diversity

Myron Anderson, Ph.D.

Vice President of Strategy/Chief of Staff

Catherine B. Lucas, M.A.

Interim Executive Director, Equal Opportunity

Cynthia Hier, M.P.A

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Vicki L. Golich, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President for Administration, Finance and Facilities/CFO

George Middlemist, Ph.D., C.P.A.

Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the MSU Denver Foundation


Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Anthony Grant, Ph.D.


Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

Vicki L. Golich, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs

Will Simpkins, Ed.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Elizabeth Parmelee, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies

Shannon Campbell, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness

Chad Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Lori Kester, M.P.A.

Associate Vice President for Innovative & LIfelong Learning

Nancy Sayre, D.H.Ed.

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students

Braelin Pantel, M.A.

Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students

Dave Haden, M.S.

Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President of Information Technology Services

Kevin Taylor, M.B.A.

Executive Director of the Office of International Studies

Akbarali Thobhani, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

Gwendolyn Mami, J.D.

Executive Director of the Center for Visual Art

Deanne Pytlinski, Ph.D.

Director for Behavioral Intervention and Student Conduct

Kelli Frank, M.S.

Director of Client Services

Nick Pistentis, B.S.

Director of the Access Center

Greg Sullivan, M.S.

Executive Director of Admissions and Outreach

Vaughn Toland, M.A.

Director of Advising Systems

Stephanie Allen, M.A.

Director of the Applied Learning Center

Rhonda Eaker, Ph.D.

Director of Campus Recreation

Diane Yee, M.S.

Director of Career Services

Bridgette Coble, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Counseling Center

Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.

Director of Enrollment Management Systems and Operations

Michael Nguyen

Associate Dean, Equity and Student Achievement

Brandi Scott, M.S.

Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence

Jeffrey T. Loats, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships

Thad Spaulding, B.A.

Director of Financial Aid Operations and Systems

Tyler Resch, B.A.

Executive Director of Roadways

Lunden MacDonald, Ph.D.

Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center

Steve Willich, B.S.

Director of the Health Center at Auraria

Steve Monaco, M.S.

Director of Center for Urban Education and TRiO High School Upward Bound

Carla Mirabelli, M.P.A.

Director of the Honors Program

Megan Hughes, Ph.D.

Director of The Center for Individualized Learning

Kim VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D

Director for Immigrant Services Program

Gregor Mieder, M.A.

Director of Infrastructure Services & Chief Information Security Officer

Michael Hart, B.S.

Director of Admissions Internal Operations

Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, B.A.

Interim Director of ITS Application Services

Nick Pistentis, B.S.

Director of MSU Denver Testing Services

Russell Reynolds

Director for the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Inclusion

Cynthia Baron, MSW

Director of Orientation, Transition, Retention

Megan Scherzberg

Co-Director of Program Review

David Bechtold, Ph.D.

Co-Director of Program Review

Andrew Holt, Ph.D.

Director of Recruitment

Morgan Raleigh

Director of Student Support and Retention

Matt Kring, M.A.

Director of Student Activities

Angela LeValley, M.A.

Director of Student Eligibility Services in Financial Aid

Cindy Hejl, B.S.

Director of Student Media

Steven Haigh, B.A.

Director of Student Support Services

Allyson Garcia, M.A.

Director for Veteran and Military Benefits

Ted Jimenez, B.S.

Director of the Veteran and Military Student Services

Lauren Sullivan, M.A.


James Tisdale, Ph.D.


Office of the Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Facilities

Interim Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Facilities

George Middlemist, Ph.D., C.P.A.

Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance

George Middlemist, Ph.D., C.P.A.

Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Administration, Finance, and Facilities

Leone Schulz, B.A

Director of Accounting Services

Liza Larsen, M.B.A, C.P.A.

Director of Budget

Jinous Lari, M.B.A., C.P.A.


Christina Nguyen

Executive Director, Office of University Effectiveness and Director of Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis

Sarah Harman, M.F.A.

Director of Facilities Planning and Space Management

Tina Wells

Director of Human Resources


Director of Institutional Research

Ellen Boswell, B.S.


Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President of University Advancement and CEO of the MSU Denver Foundation


Chief Financial and Operating Officer/Chief Strategic Business Analyst

Steve DeVisser

Assistant Vice President of Strategic Engagement

Jamie Hurst

Associate Vice President for University Advancement/Campaign Director

Brett Befus

Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Megan Conklin

Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Special Events

Traci McBee Rowe


Academic Administrators

College of Business


Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Chittibabu Govindarajulu, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Bill D. Herman, Ph.D.

Chair, Accounting

Gregory Clifton, J.D.

Chair, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Abel Moreno, Ph.D.

Chair, Economics

Arthur Fleisher III, Ph.D.

Chair, Finance

Paul Camp, Ph.D.

Chair, Management

Debora Gilliard, Ph.D.

Chair, Marketing

Nicole Vowles, Ph.D.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Interim Dean

Arlene Sgoutas, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Ibon Izurieta, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Jason Janke, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Linda Lang-Peralta, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

Marina Pereira, M.S.W.

Chair, Africana Studies

Douglas Mpondi, Ph.D.

Chair, Art

Deanne Pytlinksi, Ph.D.

Chair, Biology

Ford Lux, Ph.D.

Chair, Chemistry

Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.

Chair, Chicano Studies

Ramon del Castillo, Ph.D.

Chair, Communication Arts and Sciences

Daniel Lair, Ph.D.

Department Head, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

James Harris, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, English

Rebecca Gorman O'Neill, Ph.D.

Chair, History

James Drake, Ph.D.

Chair, Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Lindsay Packer, Ph.D.

Chair, Modern Languages

Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.

Chair, Music

Peter Schimpf, Ph.D.

Chair, Philosophy

Brian Hutchinson, Ph.D.

Chair, Physics

Richard Krantz, Ph.D.

Chair, Political Science

Robert Hazan, Ph.D.

Chair, Psychology

Layton Curl, Ph.D.

Chair, Sociology and Anthropology

Melissa Monson, Ph.D.

Chair, Theatre

Scott Lubinski, M.F.A.

Interim Director of the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy

Kat Martinez, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Advanced STEM Education

Hsiu-Ping Liu, Ph.D.

Director of the Mathematics Peer Study Program

Elena Foster

Director of the First Year Writing

Jessica Parker, Ph.D.

Director of the Family Literacy Program

Adriann Wycoff, Ph.D.

Director of the Writing Center

Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.

College of Professional Studies

Interim Dean

Jennifer Capps, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D.

Interim Associate Dean

Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Sciences

Robert Park, Ph.D.

Chair, Aviation and Aerospace Science

Jeffrey Forrest, Ph.D.

Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Henry Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.

Chair, Engineering and Engineering Technology

Mingli He, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Health Professions

Jeffrey Helton, Ph.D.

Interim Chair, Hospitality, Tourism and Events

Clay Daughtrey, Ed.D.

Chair, Human Performance and Sport

Ruth Ann Nyhus, Ph.D.

Chair, Human Services and Counseling

Annie Butler, M.A.

Chair, Industrial Design

Ted Shin, M.F.A.

Chair, Journalism and Technical Communication

Shaun Schafer, Ph.D.

Chair, Nursing

Terry Buxton, Ph.D.

Chair, Nutrition

Kathy Heyl, M.S.

Chair, Social Work

Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.

Director of the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship

Tom Cech, M.S.

ROTC Office Captain Justin Mishler

School of Education


Elizabeth Hinde, Ed.D.

Associate Dean

Robert Nava, Ph.D.

Chair, Elementary Education and Literacy

Deborah Horan, Ph.D.

Chair, Secondary, K-12, and Educational Technology

Hsin-Te Yeh, Ph.D.

Chair, Special Education, Early Childhood and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Education

Rebecca Canges, Ed.D.


Administration Revised November 15, 2018