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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 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 

Russell Noles, M.B.A., Chair 2019 2022
Albus Brooks, M.B.A. 2019 2023
Mario Carrera, B.A. 2019 2023
Emily Renwick Garnett, J.D. 2020 2023
Barbara Barnes Grogan, Vice Chair 2015 2022
Kristin Hultquist, M.P.P.
2019 2023
Meredith Jeffers, Ph.D., Faculty Trustee 2022 2023
Michael Johnston, J.D. 2019 2023
Michael Kopp, J.D. 2020 2024
Marissa Molina, B.A. 2019 2022
Jim Qualteri, B.S., Alumni Representative 2021 2022
Gabe Trujillo, Student Trustee 2022 2023


Office of the President

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Administration/Chief Operating Officer Larry Sampler, M.A.
Chief of Staff Edward J. Brown Jr. M.B.A.
Presidential Faculty Fellow Sophia Tran, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, Ph.D.
Chief Strategy Officer Kelly Brough, M.B.A.
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.
Director of Government Affairs Kaycee Gerhart, B.S.

Strategy, Marketing and Communications

Associate Vice President of Strategic Communications
Andrea Smith, M.S.
Associate Vice President of Marketing and Brand Whei Wong-Howerton, M.P.A.
Executive Director of Communications
John Arnold, B.S.
Director of Digital Marketing and UX Strategy
Director of Media Relations
Tim Carroll, B.S., APR
Director of Operations Jacque Williams, B.A.


Chief Strategy Officer Kelly Brough, M.B.A.
Director of Strategy Christopher Pena, M.A.
Director of Data and Analytics Sean Petranovich. Ph.D.

Academic Affairs Division

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs
Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.
President, Council of Chairs and Directors Elizabeth Ribble, Ph.D.
President, Faculty Senate Elizabeth Goodnick, Ph.D.
Budget Director Neilsun Valenski, M.S.

Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development

Associate Vice President of Curriculum, Academic Effectiveness, and Policy Development Shaun T. Schafer, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Program Review Lou Moss, M.A., PMP
Director of Curriculum and Catalog Erica Buckland Anderson, B.A.
Director of General Studies Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D.

Faculty Affairs

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Bill Henry, Ph.D.
Director of Faculty Affairs Sam Jay, Ph.D.

Graduate Studies

Interim Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies
AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, Ph.D.

Innovative and Lifelong Learning

Associate Vice President of Innovative & Lifelong Learning
Terry Bower, M.S.W.
Director of Innovative and Lifelong Learning Dawn Zoni, Ph.D.

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 Nona Shipman, M.A.
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
Director of Human Resources
Stacy Dvergsdal, B.A.
Deputy CIO 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 Vacant
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.
Executive Director of Industry Partnerships Maluwa Behringer, B.S.
Executive Director of Student Support and Retention Nahum Kisner, M.S.

Enrollment Management

Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Vacant
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 Nick Grissom, B.A.
Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Vacant
Director of Financial Aid Operations Loriann Weiss, M.S.
Director of Financial Aid Systems Michael Nguyen, B.S.
Director of Financial Aid Compliance Jennifer Helgeson, B.A.
Executive Director of Orientation, Transition, Reengagement Megan Scherzberg, Ph.D.
Director, Orientation, Transition, and Retention John Babcock, M.Ed.
Director, Transfer and Adult Student Services Tiffani Baldwin, Ph.D.
Director of Diverse Recruitment Vacant
Registrar Connie Sanders, B.S.
Director of Scholarships Vacant
Director of Testing Services Russell Reynolds, B.A.
Interim Director of the Center for Urban Education and TRIO High School Upward Bound Janelle Henderson, B.A.

Student Engagement and Wellness

Interim Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Wellness/Dean of Students Cynthia Baron, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Equity and Student Engagement
Cynthia Baron, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean/Director of TRIO Student Support Services Vacant
Director, Student Care Center Vacant
Assistant Dean/Director of Student Accountability and Behavioral Intervention Thomas Ragland, M.S.
Director of Campus Recreation
Diane Yee, M.S.
Director of the College Assistance Migrant Program
Assistant Dean/Director of the Center for Multicultural Excellence and Inclusion
Thanh Nguyen, Ed.D
Executive Director of the Counseling Center Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.
Executive 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
Tyrell Allen, M.A.
Director of the Veteran and Military Student Services
Joe Foster, Ph.D.


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
Shelley Thompson, M.A.
Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Megan Conklin, M.S.W.
Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Brandi Rideout, M.Ed.
Senior Director of Advancement Communications and Giving Breanne Milnes
Senior Director of Development Gwen Thompson, M.A.
Director of Donor Relations
Traci McBee Rowe M.N.M.
Senior Director of Major Gifts Steve Galpern, M.A.


Academic Administrators

Graduate Program Directors/Coordinators

Master of Business Administration Trey Fleischer, 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, Ph.D., 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 Social Work Kathryn Trujillo, Ph.D., LCSW
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.
School of Education Graduate Programs Ingrid Carter, PhD.

College of Business

Ann B. Murphy, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Ethan Waples, Ph.D.
Chair, Accounting
Gregory Clifton, J.D., LL.M.

College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

John Masserini, D.M.A.
Associate Dean
Sharon Twigg, Ph.D.

College of Health and Applied Sciences

Interim Dean
Hope Szypulski, DNP
Associate Dean
Rebecca Trammell, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Criminology Andrea Borrego, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Human Services and Counseling Henry Jackson, Ph.D.
Chair, Nutrition Rachael Sinley, Ph.D.
Chair, Social Work
Jessica Retrum, Ph.D.
Chair, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Jessica Rossi-Katz, Ph.D.

School of Education

Elizabeth Hinde, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Lisa Altemueller, Ph.D.
Chair, Elementary Education and Literacy
Corey Sell, 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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