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2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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 

Barbara Barnes Grogan, Vice Chair 2015 2022
Albus Brooks, M.B.A. 2019 2023
Mario Carrera, B.A. 2019 2023
Bethany Fleck Dillen, Ph.D., Faculty Trustee 2020 2021
Emily Renwick Garnett, J.D. 2020 2023
Kristin Hultquist, M.P.P.
2019 2023
Michael Johnston, J.D. 2019 2023
Marissa Molina, B.A. 2019 2022
James Mulligan, J.D. 2017 2020
Russell Noles, M.B.A., Vice Chair 2019 2022
Joe Rice, M.P.A., Alumni Representative 2018 2020
Alaura Ward, Student Trustee 2020 2021



Office of the President

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Bill Henry, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Vice President of Strategy/Chief of Staff Catherine B. Lucas, B.A., APR
Vice President for Student Affairs Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.
General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
David Fine, Esq.
Deputy General Counsel Nicholas Stancil, Esq.
Executive Director, Equal Opportunity and Title IX Coordinator
Raúl M. Sánchez, J.D.
Executive Director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion Manuel Del Real, Ph.D.
Director of Athletics Todd Thurman, M.Ed.
President, Student Government Assembly Braedan Weart

Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications
Dan Vaccaro, M.F.A.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Brand Whei Wong-Howerton, M.P.A.
Director of Client Services
Jacque Williams, B.A.
Director of Communications
John Arnold, B.S.
Director of Media Relations
Tim Carroll, B.S., APR


Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Bill Henry, Ph.D.
President, Council of Chairs and Directors Andrew Bonham, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate Katia Campbell, Ph.D.

Academic Effectiveness

Associate Vice President for Academic Effectiveness
Kim Barron, M.A.

Curriculum and Policy Development

Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Policy Development Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.
Director of General Studies Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D.

Faculty Affairs

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs  

Graduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies
Shannon Campbell, Ph.D.

Innovative and Lifelong Learning

Associate Vice President of Innovative & Lifelong Learning
Terry Bower, M.S.W.

Online Programs

Associate Vice President of Online Programs Matt Griswold, Ed.D.

Sponsored Research and Programs

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
Betsy Jinks, M.H.A.

Undergraduate Studies

Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies
Elizabeth Parmelee, Ph.D.
Director of Advising Systems
Stephanie Allen, M.A.
Director of the Center for Individualized Learning
Kim VanHoosier-Carey, Ph.D.
Director of the Honors Program
Megan Hughes, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Office of International Studies
Akbarali Thobhani, Ph.D.
Director of the One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship Tom Cech, M.S.
Director of the Writing Center
Elizabeth Kleinfeld, Ph.D.


Administration, Finance and Facilities Division

Office of the Vice President for Administration, Finance and Facilities

Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer
Larry Sampler, M.A.
Associate Vice President of Administration and Finance
George Middlemist, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Chief of Staff to the Vice President for Administration
Leone Schulz, B.S.
CIO/Associate Vice President Information Technology Services Kevin Taylor, M.B.A.
Director of Accounting Services
Liza Larsen, M.B.A, C.P.A.
Director of Budget
Cipriana Patterson, B.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 Human Resources
Stacy Dvergsdal, B.A.
Director of Institutional Research
Ellen Boswell, B.S.
Director of ITS Client Services Nick Pistentis, M.S.
Director of ITS Infrastructure Services and Chief Information Security Officer Michael Hart, B.S.
Director of Operations and Maintenance Sharon Lorince, M.B.A.
Director of Planning, Design, and Construction Jonathan McCann, M.B.A.
President, Staff Senate Rebecca Reid, B.A.


Student Affairs Division

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs Will Simpkins, Ed.D.
Director of Operations and Planning for Student Affairs Emily Willan, B.S.

Classroom to Career Hub

Associate Vice President of Classroom to Career Initiatives Adrienne Martinez, M.S.W.
Director of Faculty Engagement Vacant
Director of Career Engagement Bridgette Coble, Ph.D.
Director of Industry Partnerships Maluwa Behringer, B.S.
Director of Student Support and Retention Nahum Kisner, M.S.

Enrollment Management

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Mary Sauceda, M.A.
Executive Director of Admissions and Outreach Vaughn Toland, M.A.
Director of Admissions Internal Operations Marlynn Rocha-Vasquez, B.A.
Director of Enrollment Management Call Center Jeremy Coleman, M.Ed.
Director of Enrollment Management Systems and Operations Michael Nguyen, B.S.
Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Thad Spaulding, B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Operations and Systems Tyler Resch, B.A.
Director of Financial Aid Student Services Jennifer Swanson, B.A.
Director of Orientation, Transition, Retention Megan Scherzberg, Ph.D.
Director of Recruitment Morgan Raleigh, M.Ed.
Interim Registrar Connie Sanders
Director of Scholarships Thomas Hernandez, M.A.
Director of MSU Denver Testing Services Russell Reynolds, B.A.
Director of the Center for Urban Education and TRIO High School Upward Bound Carla Mirabelli, M.P.A.

Student Engagement and Wellness

Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students Braelin Pantel, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Equity and Student Engagement
Cynthia Baron, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Student Engagement and Wellness
Dave Haden, M.S.
Assistant Dean/Director of TRIO Student Support Services Ally Garcia, Ed.D.
Director of Campus Recreation
Diane Yee, M.S.
Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program
Raquel Jimenez, M.S.W.
Director of the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Inclusion
Juan Gallegos, M.A.
Executive Director of the Counseling Center Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Director of the Health Center at Auraria Steve Monaco, M.S.
Director of Immigrant Support Services
Gregor Mieder, M.A.
Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center
Steve Willich, B.S.
Director of Met Media Steve Haigh, B.A.
Director of Student Accountability and Behavioral Intervention Thomas Ragland, M.S.
Director of Student Activities Vacant
Director for the Student Care Center Erica Quintana-Garcia, M.S.W., LSW
Director of the Veteran and Military Student Services
Rita Case, M.S.
Director for Veteran and Military Benefits Ted Jimenez, B.S.


University Advancement Division

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the MSU Denver Foundation
Christine Márquez-Hudson, M.N.M.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Lori Herrera, M.B.A.
Assistant Vice President of Strategic Engagement
Jamie Hurst, J.D.
Associate Vice President for University Advancement
Katie Biscoe, B.A.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Megan Conklin, M.S.W.
Director of Alumni Relations
Brandi Rideout, M.Ed.
Director of Annual Giving Breanne Milnes
Senior Director of Development Gwen Thompson, M.A.
Director of Donor Relations and Advancement Special Events
Traci McBee Rowe M.N.M.
Senior Director of Major Gifts Steve Galpern, M.A.
Director of Prospect Management and Analytics Rachael Bates Wilfahrt, M.L.I.S.


Academic Administrators

Graduate Program Directors/Coordinators

Master of Business Administration Chittibabu Govindarajulu, Ph.D.
Master of Health Administration Garrett Chism, M.B.A., EMT-P
Master of Professional Accountancy Gregory Clifton, J.D., LL.M.
Master of Science in Clinical Behavioral Health, emphasis in Addictions Counseling Annie Butler, M.A., L.P.C., CAC III
Master of Science in Cybersecurity LiYing Li, Ph.D.
Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics Melissa Masters, Ph.D.
Master of Socal Work Joanne Bailey, Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Teaching Ingrid Carter, PhD.

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., LL.M.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Interim Dean
Arlene Sgoutas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Marina Pereira, M.S.W.
Associate Dean
Sharon Twigg, Ph.D.

College of Professional Studies

Interim Dean
Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean
Hope Szypulski, DNP
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Henry Jackson, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, Nutrition Rachael Sinley, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work
Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elizabeth Hinde, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean
Lisa Altemueller, 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
Kathy Whitmore, Ph.D.


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