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New Roles Announced

Release Date: June 18, 2018

Karole Campbell

Media Contact




PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado State University-Pueblo has announced the following new hires and expanded roles at the University. 

Chrissy Holliday, formerly Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will take on expanded duties as the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Communication, and Student Affairs.  This position will incorporate additional oversight of the new office of Marketing, Communication, and Community Relations, formerly known as External Affairs.  This restructuring aligns University marketing and communications efforts to more effectively support overall University enrollment management needs. 

Executive Assistant to the President, Niki Whitaker, has been named Chief of Staff with expanded duties to provide additional support to the Vice Presidents.  In addition, in her role she will manage special projects for the University, facilitate partnership development, and serve as a liaison to a variety of University stakeholders including the Colorado State University-Pueblo Board of Governors. 

Dr. Chad Kinney, current Chair of the Chemistry Department, has accepted the position of Director of the Institute of Cannabis Research.  In his role as director, Dr. Kinney is charged with identifying potential expansion opportunities for the ICR including interdisciplinary studies and programs, public-private-government partnerships and collaborations with other academic institutions while maintaining stringent research standards. 

Melody Dowell has been promoted from Program Manager to Assistant Director of the Institute of Cannabis Research and will continue to facilitate the research grant process as well as serve as liaison for media inquiries and community engagement. 

Dr. Sang Park joined the ICR as a Senior Scientist/Research Liaison in April 2018 and was previously a research professor with CSU-Pueblo. In his current role with the ICR, Dr. Park plays an integral part in coordinating on-campus research.

Xiao Cui joined the ICR as a Data Analyst in June 2018. Ms. Cui has extensive experience in clinical trials and proficiency in SAS, R, Minitab, SQL, Tableau, and is the coauthor on several publications. In her role as ICR’s Data Analyst, Ms. Cui supports ICR researchers with experimental design and statistical analysis.



Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to excellence, setting the standard for regional comprehensive universities in teaching, research and service by providing leadership and access for its region while maintaining its commitment to diversity.

As a premier comprehensive regional university, Colorado State University-Pueblo offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees as well as specialized graduate degrees. As a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSU-Pueblo is committed to maintaining university accessibility which reflects southern Colorado’s culturally and ethnically diverse student body, including first generation students. The University is committed to high-quality academics, affordable education, transformative opportunities, and supportive student life. CSU-Pueblo strives to be distinguished by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparations as well as an emphasis on experiential education that reflects skills and competencies needed in a global society.




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