Leadership Team

Ryan Barone

Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Ryan Barone 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 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 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 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.

Coronda Ziegler

Coronda Ziegler

Student Success Manager

Coronda Ziegler 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.