Meet the Team
Blanche Hughes, Team Lead
As Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Hughes values effective collaboration and building strong relationships in support of a student-centered institution. Prior to that, she spent two years teaching sociology and chairing the department of sociology at Pikes Peak Community College. The majority of her professional experience, however, was spent in her 13-year tenure as the Director of Black Student Services at Colorado State University prior to her move to Colorado Springs in the fall of 1998. She has experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, programming, counseling, training, and leadership development. Her research interest lies in areas relating to race and ethnicity, gender, and student retention in higher education.
Dr. Hughes has a B.A. in education from Earlham College, M.Ed. from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Colorado State University. Blanche and her husband, Wayne, have four children and two granddaughters.
Ryan Barone is the assistant vice president for student success reporting dually to Academic and Student Affairs. He is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Education for the Student Affairs in Higher Education and Higher Education Leadership graduate programs. Dr. Barone has worked at six different higher education institutions, including private, public, and two-year colleges in a myriad of functional areas including Campus Activities, Housing and Residential Life, Women’s Centers, First-Year Experience, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Academic Advising.
Albert Bimper is an Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Ethnic Studies Department. He also serves as the assistant vice president for in the Division of Student Affairs. Dr. Bimper completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as holds a M.S. in Sport Psychology from Purdue University and a B.S. in Health & Exercise Science from Colorado State University. Dr. Bimper’s origin of passion in the areas of sport, education and social justice stem from his own experiences as a former collegiate student athlete playing football at Colorado State, playing professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, and while serving student athletes as a coach and mentor. His research and pedagogical interests concern student athlete development, particularly the intersection of race and sport and how they are related to identity and the educational development of student athletes of color. Additionally, an aim of his research and teaching is to be an advocate for social justice and further develop culturally relevant and meaningful educational experiences for student athletes of color. Some of Dr. Bimper’s recent and forthcoming published work can be found in The Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Sport & Social Issues, Race, Ethnicity and Education, andQuest. Dr. Bimper has also made numerous scholarly presentations at a number of national conferences. Among some of his honors, he is a past recipient of the Graduate Diversity Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and a past Graduate Recruitment Fellow honored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
Ann Claycomb is Chief of Staff for President Joyce McConnell and Director of Presidential and Administrative Communications in the Office of the President at CSU.
In this role, she oversees strategic implementation of presidential initiatives and communicating President McConnell’s vision and the initiatives of the President’s office to the campus and wider university community. She previously served five years in this same dual role in the Office of the Provost at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. Claycomb earned her BA in English literature and psychology from Wellesley College, her MA in English literature from the University of Maryland, and her MFA in fiction writing from WVU. Her first novel, The Mermaid’s Daughter, was published by the William Morrow imprint of Harper Collins in 2017.
Pam Jackson serves as the Interim Vice President for External Relations. Jackson previously served as Director of Communications for the Bohemian Foundation and Bohemian Companies and was an assistant professor in the CSU Department of Journalism & Media Communication. Her academic research focused on media democracy in a market economy, and electronic media regulation and policy. In addition, she has worked as a TV news producer and assistant producer in Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis and Champaign-Urbana. She also worked in public television at WTTW-TV in Chicago. Dr. Jackson has an MS in Technical Communication and a Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University. She holds fellowships from the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, Indiana University Freedom Forum, and Colorado Colloquium on Media Ethics and Economics.
Laura Jensen serves as the Vice Provost for Planning and Effectiveness, with oversight for institutional accreditation, strategic planning, institutional research and academic program review. Prior to coming to Colorado State University in 2008, she served in a variety of roles at the University of Colorado (medical campus) and Front Range Community College. She is committed to helping CSU better understand issues of institutional effectiveness including student success, program evaluation, assessment, data ethics, strategic enrollment, operations and equity.
Provost and Executive Vice President Rick Miranda received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the faculty at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in 1982. He became Chair of the Department of Mathematics in 1997 and dean of the College of Natural Sciences in 2002.
As Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Miranda oversees academic programming and faculty affairs on campus. The responsibility of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President is to provide academic vision and leadership to fulfill the land-grant mission of Colorado State University. The Office will articulate, communicate, and facilitate the development of fundamental values basic to the University’s mission and administer academic programs and policies with utmost respect for and attention to our constituents’ needs.
As Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros leads Colorado State’s diversity efforts and reports directly to the President. Her duties as vice president include leading diversity planning efforts, including assessment, evaluation, and accountability; developing strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations; organizing the annual Diversity Conference; helping to coordinate activities among on-campus units, commissions, committees, and task forces; and representing the University through networking and collaboration with outside communities, schools, and organizations.
An alumna of CSU, Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, and special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo. She has served on numerous CSU committees, councils, and task forces, and is a member of several professional organizations.
Diana Prieto serves as the Associate Vice President for Human Capital. Under her leadership are the Office of Equal Opportunity, Human Resources, Training Development and Ombuds. Her goals are to create efficiencies and gain effectiveness in the operations of systems that impact employees and to assist CSU in attracting and retaining talented faculty and staff. Ms. Prieto’s career in higher education began in equity offices, serving since July 2010 as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at Colorado State University and before that as the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue University. Ms. Prieto obtained her law degree from the Tulane University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Smith College. Her passion, reflected in her career choice, is equity and fairness.
Jessica joined for the Office of General Counsel in April 2019 as an Associate Legal Counsel. Immediately prior to joining the OGC, Jessica served as First Assistant Attorney General leading the Higher Education Unit at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Education Unit and Research Counsel for the University of Colorado Boulder. Jessica earned her B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, her M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Kathy Sisneros serves as the assistant vice President for Student Affairs at CSU. She oversees the Student Diversity Programs and Services that comprise four cultural and three resource centers. Kathy oversees institutional support efforts for undocumented students; transgender, non-binary students; efforts to educate students on free speech and the first amendment; works closely with the President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee, and other diversity, inclusion and equity efforts that related to students experiences on campus. She has a long-standing commitment to working with and advocating for historically minoritized student groups at the college level. Her career in student affairs has been dedicated specifically to diversity and social justice, and seeking ways to create equity for our minoritized students within the university setting.
She grew up northern New Mexico and still considers it “home.” She identifies as a Mexican American, cis-gender lesbian who grew up working class. She is a first-generation college student who attended a small in-state school, Eastern New Mexico University, and knows how fortunate she was to attend college as it opened up opportunities she had never imagined or knew existed. She earned a master’s degree in Counseling at Northern Arizona University and her doctorate in Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at UMass Amherst.
D-L Stewart is professor in the School of Education and co-coordinator of Student Affairs in Higher Education. In addition, he is a member of the Center for Race and Intersectional Studies in Education Equity (RISE) as the Co-Director of Campus Initiatives and an affiliate faculty member in the Center for Women’s and Gender Research. His research and teaching focus are diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in U.S. postsecondary education related to history and philosophy, minoritized student experiences, and role in public discourse.
Leslie Taylor serves as Vice President for Enrollment and Access, providing leadership to the Access Center and the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and the Registrar. Taylor has been at Colorado State since 1997, serving in a variety of strategic communications roles focused on student recruitment, diversity and inclusion, and enhancing the institutional image and profile.
From 2013 to 2017, she served in a dual Assistant VP role, reporting to vice presidents of External Relations and Enrollment and Access, and as interim Vice President for Enrollment and Access during the 2017-2018 academic year. She has been a member of the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion since its inception and serves on the Task Force for Native American Initiatives. Taylor earned a BS in human development at the University of Oklahoma, where she also competed on the track and field team. She earned a master’s degree in family and consumer science at the University of Idaho.