Lacy Karpilo Named VP for Student Life and Dean of Students

Colorado College is pleased to welcome Lacy Karpilo as the new vice president for student life and dean of students starting June 1.

Karpilo is currently vice president for student affairs at Eastern Oregon University, a regional public university with 2,700 students. There, she oversees DEI, accessibility services, housing/residential life, the student union, and activities. She also leads student health and counseling, as well as academic advising, career services, and the testing center. 

Prior to Eastern Oregon, Karpilo was interim associate vice chancellor for enrollment services, associate vice chancellor of student access, advising, and transition/student affairs, and director of residential life and the university of Alaska at Anchorage. She also served in leadership and other roles in residential life at the university of Puget sound, Colorado state university, and the Art Institute of Colorado.

“Lacy’s skillset and experience are a terrific match for CC,” says Search Chair and Vice President/Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. “She brings a counseling background, passion and experience for ADEI and campus wellness work, knowledge in operational areas, relationship-building, and strategic thinking. As a current vice president, she will arrive ready with leadership skills and outstanding ideas to immediately lead Student Life.”

Karpilo also shared her excitement about joining Colorado College.

"There are an overwhelming number of reasons why I am thrilled to join the Colorado College community, but the number one reason is the people,” she says. “The students, faculty, staff, and leadership are exceptional, and I am inspired by CC’s dedication to creating an inclusive campus environment that prepares students for lifelong learning and leadership." 

Karpilo earned a Ph.D. in education and human resources from Colorado State University, an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, and a B.A. in psychology from Occidental College. 

Karpilo replaces Rochelle Dickey '83, who retired from the college in March after 33 years of service.


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