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.

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Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

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Andrea Duffy

Assistant Vice Provost

Andrea Duffy serves as an Assistant Vice Provost in the Office of the Provost. She joined the Provost’s Leadership Team from the College of Liberal Arts, where she was appointed Director of International Studies in 2013 and also served as a Special Assistant Professor since 2010. She served as director of International Studies from 2013-21, when she accepted a Fellowship in the Office of the President working on the University’s Courageous Strategic Transformation. In her current role as Assistant Vice Provost, she supports several key initiatives, including the Academic Master Plan and the Student Success Initiative.  Dr. Duffy holds a B.A. in Modern European History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University with specializations in European, Middle Eastern, Ottoman, and environmental histories. She has studied nearly a dozen languages, has lived in France and Turkey, and has visited more than 30 countries across five continents. She has a thirst for knowledge, curiosity about the wider world, and passion for international experiences and intercultural interaction. She continues to learn and to travel whenever she can. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and ultra-running.

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, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and has her Ph.D. in Education and Human Resource Studies.