Leadership Team

Ryan Barone

Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Ryan Barone (he/him/his) serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Success. In this role, he works between both academic affairs and student affairs and collaborates with units across campus to foster student success. He is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Education teaching in the Student Affairs in Higher Education MS program and advising doctoral students in the Higher Education Leadership program. Dr. Barone earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Fredonia, his master’s degree from Colorado State University, and his doctorate from the University of Denver. His research interests include social justice leadership, equity with an emphasis on two-year colleges, violence prevention, and critical qualitative research methods.

Blanche Hughes

Blanche Hughes

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Blanche Hughes (she/her/hers) serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, she works with a Division that includes 21 departments that collaborate with other units in the University community to help our students and staff be successful. She also teaches a first-year undergraduate seminar course, as well as teaching and advising in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program “for fun”. Dr. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, and a master’s of education degree and doctorate degree in sociology from Colorado State University. She enjoys teaching, mentoring students and staff, presenting on issues related to diversity, parent transitions, and issues around managing work and family.

Kelly Long

Kelly Long

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

Dr. Kelly Long (she/her/hers) serves as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. In this role, she provides institutional leadership regarding processes and initiatives involving undergraduate education, as well as collaborates with individuals and groups across campus on matters involving curriculum, student success, advising, teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, admission and access. Dr. Long received her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Long joined the Department of History in 1998 and later served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Her research and publication involve US-Asian relations, history education, and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning.

Kacee Collard Jarnot

Kacee Collard Jarnot

Student Success Manager

Kacee Collard Jarnot (she/her/hers) serves as a Student Success Manager, reporting through Dr. Barone to both academic affairs and student affairs, managing University-wide projects fostering student success. Kacee earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University and her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University.  In over a decade of work in student affairs, Kacee has worked with parents and families of college students, managed student organization conduct processes, managed internships for the President’s Leadership Program, and assisted with staff selection and development for housing employees.  She has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses supporting student success.

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Bridgette Johnson

Managing Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Student Success

Bridgette Johnson (she/her/hers) lives to make a difference, to empower and challenge those around her. Making a difference not to benefit self, but a difference that will elevate those who have been marginalized and oppressed. She is known as someone who serves as a voice to those who have been silenced and one willing to give up her seat for those who are not at the table while asking, “How can she support the cause.” She realizes perspectives are amongst millions based on environment so she challenges herself and others to look beyond what appears to be the obvious, understanding we see the world not as it is but as we are. She empowers individuals to go beyond their potential and to look at life with a critical eye in order make a difference, not be the difference. Bridgette works toward accomplishing these attributes through her daily personal life as a mother of two girls and as a wife. Professionally, she serves as the Managing Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Student Success. She has almost 30 years of experience working in the areas of Recruitment & Retention, Student Success, Student Affairs, Diversity Equity, and Inclusion, pre-College as well as OEO while also serving as an avid community advocate for social change and inclusion through an equity lens. Bridgette has definitely found her passion and believes she is working towards achieving work-life integration as she finds quality time for her family, to travel, read and for community care which includes self. Bridgette received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication with a minor in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and her Masters of Science in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Concordia University-Wisconsin.

Fleurette King

Fleurette King

Equity Educator

Fleurette (Flo) King (any version of she/they/per) serves as Equity Educator in The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) and Undergraduate Affairs at Colorado State University, reporting to Assistant Vice Provost Kelly Long. In addition, King is non-tenured faculty who teaches in the Student Affairs/Higher Education (SAHE) program and the Ethnic Studies Department. Flo provides faculty-facing professional develop to assist with inclusive pedagogy and classroom management. King has been a diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) advocate and educator for over 28 years in higher education. King’s career journey includes full-time appointments at a variety of higher education institutions, including Loras College, DePaul University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, University of Northern Colorado and the University of Connecticut. King has completed a M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University. Currently, Flo is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Flo enjoys short walks on the beach, racquetball, tennis, cycling, fishing, social movement history and documentaries.
Pronunciation of name is like Floretta (Ebonics Pronunciation) Thank you!

Coronda Ziegler

Coronda Ziegler

Student Success Manager

Coronda Ziegler (she/her/hers) serves as a Student Success Manager for University-wide projects that enable student success. Coronda is passionate about helping students succeed in higher education and working toward equitable outcomes for all students. Her broad professional experience informs her work. She has contributed to higher education Admissions, Orientation, Student Conduct, Student Leadership, and Advising. Additionally, Coronda has taught undergraduate and graduate (i.e., Master’s and PhD) level courses, including First-Year Seminars. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Fort Hays State University. She anticipates securing her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University, her dissertation is titled The Concept of Organizational Knowledge and Its Associated Component Parts from the Perspective of Undergraduate Academic Advisors.