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Welcoming our new colleagues

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It may surprise you that our little Division of Student Affairs includes more than 200 staff members. The majority call CU Denver home but nearly two dozen work out of the CU Anschutz Office of Student Services (OCSS). Keeping up with everyone - new colleagues, old colleagues with new roles, the comings and goings – can be a real challenge and sometimes exhausting!

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So, this is my attempt to update everyone on who’s where. Wish me luck and you may want to grab a scorebook!

We’ll start with a couple of welcomes at CU Anschutz…

CU Anschutz Office of Campus Student Services: Patrick Bryan is the new OCSS Business Services Coordinator. He joins us from the university’s National Learning Center where he was the Finance & Human Resources Liaison.

CU Anschutz Campus Registrar:
You may remember that our recent reorganization included this brand new role. Heather Peterson’s joined us from the University of Minnesota where she finished out the semester as the Medical School Registrar. She’s leading the CU Anschutz registrar team and reporting to Assistant Vice Chancellor & Registrar Carrie John.

David Fassnacht is the Registrar’s new Business Services Coordinator. Fassnacht has professional experience in the healthcare industry and property management. And, don’t be surprised when you see Andy Liakos around the Registrar’s office. Liakos is a former member of our communications team and is now the Director of Digital Strategies. His initial focus will be on our website transition project.

Student Success Project
: If you’re looking for Ashley Cooper, also a former communications team member, you’ll find her working with me and the Provost and our partners at EAB (Educational Advisory Board) on our Student Success Project. Cooper has accepted the newly created role of Strategic Lead, Student Success Technology Initiatives. Another new position created for the project is our Project Manager for Student Success which Erika Larson has accepted. Larson will be also be working closely with me and the Provost as she and Cooper work together to move the project forward. Larson joined us last year as Assistant Director of Residence Life at Campus Village.

Still with me? I told you we had a lot of staff members to keep track of…

Dean of Students:
New Business Services Coordinator Holly Gary is your new go-to. She moved in from New York City, so anything you can do to help introduce her to Denver would be appreciated!

Financial Aid & Scholarships:
Amy Tomlan is the Finance & Accounting Professional for Student Employment. She brings experience from CU Boulder where she was an accountant for the libraries. George Shaver is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid. Previously, he was the Financial Aid Manager at Lincoln College of Technology in Denver.

Wellness & Recreation Services:
Excitement continues to build around our new wellness center. There was that generous $10 million gift and the new Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center name on the building. The grand opening is expected before summer and applications for student jobs are already being accepted through Handshake on the Career Center’s website. There are also some final staff positions being hired, including the Business Manager. John Rush will fill that role and brings experience in corporate finance, public school systems and government.

Got it? Did I mention there’ll be a quiz!

The one thing about lists is that you always forget something, or in this case, someone. If there are staffers missing from this group, just email me at and we’ll make sure they’re included in a future newsletter.

In the meantime, welcome to all our new colleagues, congratulations to those who’ve taken on a new role and a big thank you to everyone for all you do. As you can see from this sample group, we are a very diverse group with the perfect
skillset to best serve our students.

Let’s keep up the good work!  


Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs

Please contact Bonnie Hixson to schedule a time to meet

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