Deans and Directors

Divisional Leadership Team

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Dean of Students/Vice President for Student Life 389-6689





Edwin Hamada Edwin1

Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience
(719) 389-6725


Dr. Edwin Toshio Hamada started his role as Assistant Vice President for the Residential Experience at Colorado College in September 2020. Prior to joining Colorado College, he served as Associate Dean of Students/Director of Housing and Residence Life at Washington State University. He also has worked in various capacities at the University of Washington, the University of California - Irvine, and San Jose State University. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, an MS in College Student Personnel/Student Development from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington.

He has served as a faculty mentor for ACUHO-I STARS College and values authentic, mentoring relationships. He looks forward to returning to a small liberal arts institution where he can get to know more students and staff. When he is not advocating for students and staff at work, he spends his time tinkering with a few classic cars and hiking with his wife, Sue, and their 2 dogs.

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Director of Outdoor Education 389-8131


Ryan Hammes began working for Colorado College as the Director of Outdoor Education in 2012. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program at Sonoma State University in northern California. He has taught courses in outdoor pedagogy and has been published for his work in adventure education and rock climbing. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Adventure Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His extensive outdoor certifications include technical rock climbing, avalanche analysis, backcountry skiing, and wilderness medicine. Ryan is active with the American Mountain Guides Association and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Megan Nicklaus Megan Cropped

Director of the Career Center
(719) 389-6424


Megan Nicklaus began working for Colorado College as the Director of the Career Center in 2013. Previously, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Student Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience both with career coaching and campus recruiting programs. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several professional associations including the National Career Development Association. When she is not helping students with their transition, you can generally find her enjoying the outdoors rock climbing, hiking, or trail running.

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Director of the Butler Center
(719) 389-6844


Christian Abigail Gonzalez (she/they pronouns) was born and raised on Chumash peoples land in Santa Maria, CA to immigrant parents from Guerrero and Guanajuato, Mexico. A first-generation college graduate, they earned their Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder and Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.

Over the past 10 years, Christian has dedicated their career to working in higher education in various capacities including outreach, enrollment management, financial aid, student affairs, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The running river that ties their work together is advocating for educational equity for historically and presently marginalized students in higher education. Most recently, they advised and supported undocumented students at the University of California San Diego and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Their love for the undocumented community empowered them to work towards dismantling systems of oppression that prevent undocumented folks from opportunities for upward mobility. 

Christian is proud to be from the Montbello neighborhood in far northeast Denver and loves spending time with their family on the weekends, including their niece and nephew, Lupita and Jose.

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Director of Housing and Residential Experience
(719) 389-6819

Divisional Directors


Bill Dove

Director of the Counseling Center
(719) 389-6093




Bill Dove, Ph.D., is the Director of the Counseling Center and Psychological Services and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado. He is a CC graduate and received his doctorate from the University of Denver. He has a broad range of clinical experience and has worked at the Counseling Center for many years. Bill was previously the Director of Emergency Services for the local community mental health center and has been the clinical director of a number of different mental health programs in the Colorado Springs area. He has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice. He has done research on young adult cognitive development and complex decision-making.

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