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We are the Division of Student Affairs

The 200+ staff for the Division of Student Affairs are continuously working hard to ensure a high quality student expereince from orientation to graduation and beyond. MSU Denver's Division of Student Affairs is paving the way to offer students beneficial experiences with their academic achievement, mental wellness, and future career success. 



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 330

Campus Box Number:
48

Directory Profile

Bio:

Dr. Will Simpkins became the Vice President for Student Affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver on August 1, 2018. In this role, Dr. Simpkins leads student engagement and wellness initiatives, enrollment management services, and classroom to career initiatives. Dr. Simpkins is committed to the success of all MSU Denver Roadrunners and works to connect the University community with partners in Denver and Colorado.

Dr. Simpkins’s previous experiences in higher education include career services, student activities, and civic engagement in both public and private institutions in New York City as well as serving on the faculty of the Educational Leadership in Higher Education program at Montclair State University. Dr. Simpkins has also been a national leader in NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and was appointed to two terms on Manhattan Community Board 9 in the City of New York.

Dr. Simpkins earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, with a dissertation that examined the college experiences of bachelor’s degree students who receive welfare in New York City. He also holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in student leadership development from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English with concentrations in creative writing and cultural studies from Virginia Tech.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 330

Campus Box Number:
48

Directory Profile

Bio:

Thuy is a Denver native and could not imagine living anywhere else. She loves the community so much so that she decided to study Elementary Education at CU-Denver to cultivate its future. Passionate about education, her move from elementary education to higher education was a natural fit. Thuy has worked in higher education for seven years. She started her higher education career with the Community College of Denver serving in several roles including being the Executive Assistant to the Provost. She joined the MSU Denver Roadrunner team in August 2017 as the Assistant Registrar and is currently the Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs. In her free time, Thuy loves spending quality time with her husband, two boys, and two fur babies. When time permits, she also enjoys attending concerts.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
TV 311

Campus Box Number:
74

Directory Profile

Bio:

Braelin Pantel has worked at MSU Denver since 2010. Prior to coming to the University, Braelin worked in several student affairs departments at other Colorado colleges, including in student activities, leadership programming, international student services, disability services, new student orientation and student conduct. Braelin holds a B.S. in psychology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, an M.A. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis on student development and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Leadership. When she’s not working (or studying herself…), Braelin enjoys vegetarian cooking, backpacking along the Colorado Trail and spending time with her family, including her chocolate lab Ghirardelli (‘Delli’) and cat, Basmati.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 217

Campus Box Number:
84

Directory Profile

Bio:

Lori Kester is the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). Lori is in her third year as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, which includes the office of Admissions and Recruitment, Registrar, Financial Aid, Call Center, and Roadways. These offices include the oversight of TRIO High School Upward Bound, Center for Urban Education, international admissions, degree conferral, financial literacy, and scholarships.  Lori has more than 14 years of progressive experience in higher education, which includes experience at a community college, community college system, not-for-profit University, and a moderately selective University.

 

Lori holds a Master’s of Science in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Florida Atlantic University.  As Associate Vice President, Lori provides vision, leadership, program analysis and development, budget oversight, data analysis, and coordination of services for various enrollment services offices. Lori is responsible for overseeing about 130 full time staff members and a general budget of $7.2 million. Furthermore, she oversees the Financial Aid office, which disbursed over $143 million in student funds.  Lori is committed to ensuring students from all backgrounds have access, are successful and feel welcome at MSU Denver.

 

A Colorado transplant, Lori spent many of her childhood and young adulthood years living in south Florida.  Lori has two daughters who are three and six years old.



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
TV

Office Number:
215

Campus Box Number:
84

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 330

Campus Box Number:
48

Directory Profile

Bio:

 

 



Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 330

Campus Box Number:
48

Directory Profile


Position Role:
Full-Time Staff

Office Location:
JSSB

Office Number:
SSB 330

Campus Box Number:
48

Directory Profile

Bio:

 

 



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Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB)

Office Number:
330

Phone Number:
303 615-1900

Fax Number:
303 556-4558