- About Us
- Meet the Student Affairs Staff
- Community Connections: Academic & Student Affairs Newsletter
- CCCS Student Excellence Awards
- 2019 Student Affairs Conference
Academic and Student Affairs Division
The CCCS Academic and Student Affairs Division works collaboratively with the Student Affairs divisions at each of our 13 community colleges by providing strategic leadership, planning, and support for student success initiatives, strategic enrollment management, student financial aid programs, student enrollment services, student life and government programs, and other student development functions. The work of Student Affairs is centered on ensuring the personal growth and success of all Colorado Community College System students, and on those strategic initiatives which focus on the improved efficiency, effectiveness, and excellence in advancing the mission of the System and its colleges. In prepare our students for the workforce needs of the future, Student Affairs aims to improve innovation and equity in education through collaborative efforts within the System, other higher education institutions, the K-12 education community, and partnerships with Colorado workforce leaders.
System level support to the colleges includes:
- Policy development, monitoring, analysis and evaluation
- Service coordination and program oversight for greater efficiency and resource leveraging
- Technical assistance and coordination
- Strategic planning in the areas of equity and inclusion, enrollment management, student success, and student support services
Landon Pirius, Vice Chancellor Academic & Student Affairs, Landon.Pirius@cccs.edu
Landon K. Pirius is the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Landon serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado Community College System providing strategic leadership related to all aspects of academic affairs, student affairs, and institutional research. Landon also provides leadership and coordination among college Presidents and college Vice Presidents, and works closely with other System and college staff to improve, expand, evaluate and promote academic and student affairs leadership resulting in excellence in teaching, learning, thinking, experiencing, and succeeding for all students. Landon leads diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives aimed at exceptional teaching and learning.
Prior to his current position, Landon was the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota where he was committed to building a collaborative culture of student success, data-driven decision-making, strategic planning, and continuous quality improvement. Landon also served in a variety of leadership roles at Inver Hills Community College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, and Walden University, and as an adjunct faculty member at different institutions. Landon completed his undergraduate degree in Russian Studies and Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. His focus in graduate school was on comparative and international development education. In his free time, Landon enjoys spending time with his family, obstacle course racing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and playing video games.
Ryan Ross, Assoc Vice Chancellor Student, Equity & Inclusion, Ryan.Ross@cccs.edu
Dr. Ryan E. Ross is a sought after speaker, educator, leadership coach, and servant leader committed to equity and inclusion, educational access, and the development of leaders.
Ryan’s professional, community, and social contributions have afforded the opportunity to be coined “Denver’s role Model for Inclusiveness, as well as land him recognitions such as:
- The Denver Business Journal’s prestigious 40 under Forty Award,
- The City of Denver’s Mayoral Diversity award,
- Being named as an African American who make a difference by the Denver Urban Spectrum,
- Receiving Colorado’s M.O.D.E.L (Man of Distinction Excellence, and Leadership) award,
- Receiving the 2013 MLK Humanitarian award from Colorado’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commission,
- Being named as one of Colorado’s top five most influential young professionals by COBIZ magazine, and
- Being recognized as the 2016 Colorado 9 News leader of the year.
Ryan’s passion for community, leadership, and education is directly related to his experiences growing up and desire to pay it forward to the community that afforded him many opportunities. Ryan’s innovative work can be witnessed through his leadership in programs such as the Kappa League Leadership development program, the Urban Male Initiative, the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado, and in collaboration with many community partners such as Denver Public Schools, the Ethnic College Counseling Center, Gilliam Youth Services, Jack and Jill of America Denver Chapter, Colorado Beautillion Inc., and the Center for Multicultural Excellence centers at the University of Denver and Colorado State University to name a few.
Professionally, Ryan serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the Colorado Community College System, owns a boutique speaking and consulting firm called Stirred UP Enterprises, and serves as the President of the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. In the community you will find him serving organizations such as the Denver Botanic Gardens, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the National Western Denver Scholarship Advisory Board.
Dr. Ryan E. Ross continues to live by his own words…“Achievement waits ahead so never look back besides why settle on being Good when we are designed to great!”
Karla Nash, Dir. of Financial Aid, Karla.Nash@cccs.edu
As a proud second-generation Colorado native, Karla began her education in the Denver Public School system. After having 4 wonderful children, Karla sought out career opportunities and quickly realized the path to establish a workable-wage career involved higher education. As a non-traditional, first-generation college graduate, Karla began her higher education pursuit at Front Range Community College where she was extremely proud to earn her Associates of Arts. Karla went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Metropolitan State University and has since earned her Masters of Science in Finance from the University of Colorado.
With over 20 years of working with directly with students to help them fund and reach their education goals, Karla joined to the Colorado Community College System office to provide leadership for all 13 CCCS Financial Aid Offices . Karla’s role at CCCS is to collaborate and work with areas across the system to ensure all students have access to higher education regardless of their economic status.
Michael Roberts, Dir. of Veterans Education, Michael.Roberts@cccs.edu
Michael Roberts retired from the United States Navy with 24 years of service. During his naval career, he had various shore and sea duty assignments with key stops at the White House and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Upon his retirement, he accepted the position as Program Manager for Veteran Services at the University of Colorado – Boulder where implemented a program to support Veterans as they transitioned form the military to the academic arena. He joined the Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training in December 2012 as an Education Specialist with a focus on compliance. In August 2019, he assumed the role of Director. Michael has direct oversight of 310 active academic programs to ensure approximately Colorado GI Bill® beneficiaries have access to variety of education platforms across the state.
Michael Schulman, Dir. of Student Affairs, Michael.Schulman@cccs.edu
Michael has a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity in Higher Education at CU Denver.
Michael has worked in various aspects of higher education administration for over 18 years and his previous experiences include managing student finance, student services, financial aid, auxiliary services, and information technology.
Before joining the Colorado Community College System, Michael worked as a higher education consultant helping colleges across the country leverage new technology and best practices in the areas of student finance, records, and financial aid. He then spent five years working in Information Technology at CCCS, primarily supporting Student Affairs, before stepping into his current role as Director of Student Affairs.
Michael’s main duties at CCCS include collaborating with system office staff and Student Affairs staff at the 13 CCCS colleges as well as developing and interpreting System policies, procedures, and strategies that relate to student affairs, student success, and enrollment management. In addition, he serves as a liaison between college staff and CCCS staff, and represents the Student Affairs related functional groups (excluding Financial Aid) at the system level in regards to the support and use of the student information system, degree audit system, EAB Navigate, and other technologies, procedures, and business processes that support student success. Michael currently co-chairs the CCCS Data Governance Committee.
When Michael is not at work, or working on his doctoral program, he enjoys spending time with his two young children, cooking, and traveling.
2019 CCCS Student Affairs Conference
Thank you so much for your attendance, presence, and spirit of collaboration and relationship building at the 2019 Student Affairs Conference. It was a great day of development, and we had nearly 450 attendees present, our most massive turnout yet.
Please help me in expressing gratitude to our hosts and colleagues at Pueblo Community College, our Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, the Fine Wood workings department at RRCC, and our VIP guests for making the day possible. We salute you!
This year we got a later start than we would have liked on the planning; however, colleagues from across the system came together to deliver a thought-provoking and content-rich day that helped us all grow. Please help us in expressing sincere thanks and appreciation to the 2019 Student Affairs Conference committee. This terrific group of leaders came together and made this day possible in a matter of a few shorts months. We all know the demands of our daily schedules, so hats off to these folks for quickly connecting, planning, and implementing our conference.
Thank you Committee members:
|Mandi Myers – CCCS
Dawn Stratton – ACC
Jessica Lanfranco – CCD
Stacie Amaya – CCCS
Steve Smith – NJC
Ashlie Cogburn -TSJC
Nicole Taylor – CCD
|Brian Carey – FRCC
Shirley Carey -PCC
Cristina Guerra – PCC
Danielle Anderson – NJC
Judith Anderson – CCA
Charles Amaya – OJC
Brad Stratton – CCA
|Mindy Kinnaman- FRCC
Monica Bellaire -CCD
Jen Macken – RRCC
Marvena Baker-Shriver – CCD
Tina Moore – CCCS
Crystal Lopez Castillo – OJC
Having a system-wide conference committee is beneficial and necessary as it allowed us to hear in real time from and give voice to our colleagues. Your voice and this committee structure allowed us to pivot to ensure we supported an inclusive and equity-minded community agency with our diaper gift service project, create space for functional group networking, and continue a theme integral to the work we do every day.
Your voice continues to be an integral part of this event. Using this committee structure with appropriate planning time and your valuable survey feedback, we will build on the success of this year and bolster next years’ experience. Next year you will have a complete first-class experience with intentional attention to areas such as logistics and registration, increased breakout session offerings, the lunchtime format, and more.
If you are interested in joining the 2020 Student Affairs Conference committee, please feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The conference committee debrief has occurred, and the committee will begin working on next year’s conference early this fall.
I am so thrilled to be a part of this system! Thank you all for the open and warm welcome, conversation, and purposeful, positive impact you have on our 137,000 students. My door, ear, and email are always open, please never hesitate to reach out if I or the system can be of service; after all, our job is to make your work easier. I look forward to working with you all this year. You exude educational and student service excellence. It’s an honor and a privilege. Please feel free to use this link to view and/or download pictures from the conference. See you next year!
Continue to be Great on Purpose
Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion
Colorado Community College System