Two candidates for the dean of Student Life position visited campus for interviews this past week.
The position has been vacant since Marjorie Villani retired on Sept. 30, 2013, according to Human Resources Associate Angela Bender.
The dean of Student Life has supervision over many student life programs and services including Colorado State University-Pueblo Associated Students’ Government, the recreation center, student conduct, Residence Life and Housing and Student Engagement and Leadership.
The dean is responsible for promoting and supporting a safe environment on campus and making sure that Student Life programs are based on student development theories and practices.
Marie Humphrey, the first candidate to interview, has served as the director of Residence Life, Housing and Event Services at Regis University since 2003. She has a doctorate in educational leadership and human resource studies from CSU Fort Collins.
The second candidate, Michelle Schutt, has served as the director of Student affairs at Penn State-Worthington Scranton since 2012. She has a doctorate in education and human resource studies from CSU Fort Collins.
Both candidates came to campus last week to meet with the ASG, faculty and students. Humphrey visited campus on Wednesday, and Schutt on Friday. Approximately 20 faculty and students showed up to the session to hear what each candidate had to say and to participate in question-and-answer sessions.
Both Humphrey and Schutt expressed interest in working at CSU-Pueblo because of its small size.
“I am quite interested in this college because you guys are not 20,000 or 40,000 students. You seem to have a lot of community,” Humphrey said.
Both candidates were asked specifically what their management style is, and both answered that they prefer hands-on management to overseeing from a distant office.
“I try hard to engage them (students) where they are. I can’t expect them to come to my office,” Schutt said.
She said, though she is hands-on, she is also laissez faire in that she expects those under her to be their own experts.
“I am not a micro-manager,” Schutt said.
Developing a sense of campus community is another issue both candidates stressed. Humphrey likened a campus to a family, saying that it has to “pull together.” Schutt said she would try to build a campus community by doing her best to catch students being good, and by being proactive rather than reactive.
Humphrey also stressed the importance of different parts of campus working together to do what’s best for the students.
“I may not do curriculums well, but you do. So how can we partner,” she said.
A final decision on which candidate to hire is expected to be made within the next two weeks, according to Bender.