The University of Colorado Boulder has named Christina Gonzales the new associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students effective July 1. Gonzales is currently associate dean of students at the University of California, Berkeley.
“I am extremely pleased that Christina has agreed to join the Division of Student Affairs,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Deb Coffin, to whom Gonzales will report. “She brings a depth and breadth of experience in student affairs that will push our initiatives forward, and she clearly shares our passion for providing excellent student services, advancing efforts around diversity and inclusion, and encouraging student involvement.
“She is already a proven leader and we look forward to the insight and creativity she will add to our team,” Coffin added.
At UC Berkeley, Gonzales established a bystander violence prevention program, created the Students of Concern Committee and led organizations through business process improvements. In partnership with the dean she provided strategic direction and leadership for the public service center, Career Center, Center for Student Leadership (Greek life, student involvement and leadership), Center for Student Conduct, Student Legal Services, the assessment team, and student government auxiliary and business operations. In the last year she also served as the director for student conduct where she led the team through a reorganization that included integrating a new code of conduct and creating a student-centered philosophy.
“I’m honored to be chosen as dean of students and associate vice chancellor at CU-Boulder,” Gonzales said. “CU-Boulder’s unique student culture, dynamic learning environment and dedicated faculty, staff and administration make it an ideal destination. I’m looking forward to getting to know the campus and the Boulder community, and to building on the innovative programs that promote the success of CU students.”
In her new position at CU-Boulder, Gonzales will directly oversee a number of areas including Student Success and Retention, Student Conduct and the Honor Code, Orientation and Assessment, and the assistant dean of students in charge of the Student Organizations Finance Office and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.
Prior to her current position at UC Berkeley, Gonzales was at Arizona State University from March 1999 to August 2009, working her way up from an academic adviser to the associate dean for student affairs.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Western New Mexico University and a master’s degree in educational management and development from New Mexico State University, and has completed coursework toward a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies.