University of the Rockies Catalog - Governance

University of the Rockies Catalog - Governance

Section Eleven: Governance

This section provides background and credentials for the University of the Rockies Board of Trustees. University Administration, including the Rockies Counseling Center, is also listed here.


Board of Trustees

Donald M. Bird, PhD (Chair)
Dr. Donald Bird was a member of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology’s (COSPP) Board of Directors from 2001 and has chaired the Board since December 2002. Bridgepoint Education, Inc. acquired COSPP in September 2007 and renamed it University of the Rockies. Dr. Bird’s PhD in Chemistry is from the University of Colorado, and for many years he has served as a chemistry professor at the US Air Force Academy. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Bird is also Chair of the Board of the Air Academy Federal Credit Union, and he is active in many civic and social organizations in the Pikes Peak Region. Among his notable accomplishments, Dr. Bird is a long time Consultant-Evaluator for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. 


Charlita L. Shelton, PhD
Dr. Charlita Shelton’s professional experience spans 25 years in higher education. She spent a number of years at one of the largest private universities in the country serving in such roles as Director of Academic Affairs, Regional Director of Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Campus Academic Affairs, and Organizational Diversity Officer. Throughout Dr. Shelton’s career, she has received many accolades. In 2007, she was selected by the Arizona Society of Human Resource Management as “Diversity Champion” for the state of Arizona. In 2010, Dr. Shelton received national recognition as Diversity Champion of the Year, an award that was sponsored by Diversity Business.Com. In addition, Profiles in Diversity Journal has named Dr. Shelton as a WomenWorthWatching®. Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Western Michigan University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from National University, and both a Master’s degree and a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. 


Carolyn L. Baker, MA

Carolyn Baker joined the board in January 2014. Carolyn recently retired from Federal Service and now works as a consultant. She has over 30 years of senior management experience at military installations, major commands, and Department of Defense levels of operation. She has worked in the Pentagon, Army major commands headquarters, and on military installations in the United States and overseas. Prior to retirement she was the Chief of Voluntary Education Programs for the Defense Department, with responsibilities including the management, planning, direction and policy implementation for adult, non-traditional, voluntary higher education programs, and military tuition assistance program for military members and their spouses. Additionally, she chaired and served on numerous government interagencies, (Veterans Affairs, Department of Education, Defense and Justice) professional steering committees, and task forces on military education programs and services. She has also worked with presidential and congressional staff on issues related to military voluntary education, distance learning, and transition assistance programs. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, and her Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Troy State University, Alabama.


Deborah Blue, PhD
Dr. Deborah Blue joined the board in January 2009. Dr. Blue’s career in K-12 and higher education spans over 30 years. Dr. Blue currently serves as Chancellor for State Center Community College District (SCCCD). She has served in educational administrative roles in a number of community college districts in the Northern California region. In addition, Dr. Blue was the Vice President of Policy and Research for the Accrediting Commission for Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Currently, Dr. Blue serves as Chancellor for State Center Community College District (SCCCD). She has presented in the area of community college accreditation and is also a published author in higher education. Dr. Blue holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Michigan University, and a Master’s and PhD in Speech and Hearing Sciences. 


Jeff Jensen, BA
Jeff Jensen joined the board in September 2007. Jeff Jensen is a Realtor and the former owner and broker of a three-office residential real estate firm called Windermere real estate with over 120 agents. In July of 2012 he sold his interest in the company to his partners to enjoy more quality time with his two daughters and to pursue other interests. Jeff has been in Real Estate for over twenty years and an owner for the last ten. His holdings also included three mortgage companies and a title business in Tacoma, Washington. Jensen continues to work as a consultant, realtor, developer, and participates actively in real estate in a multitude of other ways. Prior to real estate, Mr. Jensen worked for a regional office-interiors firm specializing in space planning, interior design, sales of systems, case goods, and high-end custom-built furniture. A native of Tacoma-Pierce County, Washington, Mr. Jensen graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a Business Minor. 


Eric Lee, PhD
Dr. Eric Lee joined the board in March 2011. Dr. Lee currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Community College Online. Prior to joining the Colorado Community College System, Dr. Lee served as the President and CEO of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce from 2009-2013. Dr. Lee’s higher education experience includes serving as Assistant to the President at Suffolk University, where he was a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. Lee worked with the President and Provost on matters related to institutional research, information technology, strategic planning, and institutional diversity. He also taught in the Sawyer Business School and the College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Lee earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from Wayne State College (NE) and his PhD from the University of Nebraska. 


Michael Magowan, BS
Michael Magowan joined the board in October 2013. Since 2001, Mr. Magowan has been involved in financial oversight with post-secondary institutions. Mr. Magowan is a consultant to National Louis University in Chicago. Currently, he is serving as the Interim Director at the Tampa campus of National Louis University where he oversees all operations. Previously, he served as Senior Analyst for Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida and eventually as their Director of Administrative and Financial Services. Mr. Magowan also operates a small accounting practice with clients in Florida and New York. Mr. Magowan is a native of New York. He earned a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Long Island University at C.W. Post’s School of Professional Accountancy. He brings over 35 years of financial and managerial experience to the Board. 


David Paris, PhD
Dr. David C. Paris joined the board in October 2013. He is Vice President for Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Paris oversees programs on curricular development and global learning. From 2009-2013, he was the Executive Director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, which sought to create shared norms for assessing student learning and to establish improved practices for assessment and accountability throughout American higher education. Prior to that he was a Professor of Government and Dean of the Faculty at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. His scholarly work includes articles and books on education policy, political thought, and democratic theory. Dr. Paris received his MA and PhD from Syracuse University. 



President and CEO
Charlita Shelton, PhD


Tina Parscal, PhD


Vice Provost
Amy Kahn, PhD


Vice President of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness, Chief of Staff
George Lucas, DBA


Vice President of Operations
Adam Forrest, MA


Vice President of Finance
Christopher Jackson, BSB, IS


Associate Vice President of Finance
Heather Roberts, BA, CPA


Associate Vice President of Financial Aid and Compliance
Jami Fleming, MBA


Dean, School of Organizational Leadership
Douglas Gilbert, DBA, JD


Dean, School of Professional Psychology
David Stephens, PsyD


Interim Dean, School of Social, Human, and Educational Development
Robert Edelbrock, EdD


Dean of Research
Dianne L. Lefly, PhD


University Registrar
Katina Jordan, MA


Director of Diversity
Francesca Galarraga, MA


Director of Institutional Research
Kimberly Thompson, MA


Director of Student Services
Arron M. Lico. MBA


Director of Student Affairs
Terence Brennan, MA


Director of Financial Services
Jamie M. Esquibel, MA


Director of Admissions
Courtney Gibbs, BS


Director of Library Services
Victoria West-Pawl, MLIS


Rockies Counseling Center

Director of Behavioral Health
Marian Edelbrock, PhD


Director of Clinical Training
Mary (Marie) Haney, PsyD


Graduate Student Association Representation

Students participate in the life and direction of University of the Rockies through membership in the University of the Rockies Graduate Student Association. The University of the Rockies Graduate Student Association develops its own bylaws, subject to the approval of the Director of Student Affairs.
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