Student Life Leadership Group
Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life
Mike Edmonds has been at Colorado College for the past 24 years. In addition to his role as Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life, Dean Edmonds is also a faculty member in the theatre and dance department. Prior to joining the Colorado College administration, he was assistant dean of students and adjunct professor of theatre arts at the University of Mississippi. Dean Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master's, and Ph.D. from Ole Miss. He completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Dean Edmonds is very active with civic and charitable organizations and is a presenter at conferences and meetings both locally and nationally. Nationally, he is a member of the Lott Institute Trustees at the University of Mississippi (where he was a 1984 inductee into the University's Graduate Hall of Fame) and treasurer of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honorary. Regionally, Mike serves as a member of the Great West American Cancer Society board of directors and was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve on the fourth district judicial commission of Colorado.
Dean Edmonds has been honored with a number of awards, including the Educator of the Year Award from the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region; the national St. George Award from the American Cancer Society; the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League; the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi; the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning Award; the Victor Nelson Cisneros Diversity Award, which was presented at the 2010 Colorado College Honors Convocation; and the 2011 Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff of the College who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment.
Locally, he is a member of the American Cancer Society Great West Divisional Board, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Board of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. He frequently judges for the National Forensics League and high school debate and drama. As a southerner, Mike is very familiar with step show competitions and has judged them on several colleges. Mike is a Silver Lifetime Member of the NAACP.
Associate Vice President for Student Life
John Lauer began work at Colorado College in 2007. He has held multiple positions in higher education for nearly 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Madison, a Master of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Development from California State University, Chico, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. John has been active in the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), serving at both the regional and national level. He is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Senior Associate Dean of Students
Senior Associate Dean Rochelle Mason has a long association with Colorado College. Prior to her appointment as senior associate dean, she held the position of associate dean for 6 years and director of minority student life and director of minority and international students for 18 years. Rochelle earned her B.A. in Drama from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Intercultural Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Rochelle has lived in Colorado Springs since 1969 and has been instrumental in outreach and partnership efforts connecting Colorado College to the greater community. She has received numerous community honors including an Urban League Service Award for commitment to the welfare of under-represented students; the NAACP Community Award in Higher Education and Citizen of the Year Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Iota Omicron Lambda Chapter. She also served a 6-year term on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan YMCA. Rochelle has been recognized at Colorado College as well; she has received several Mentor Awards, Service Awards and the Nelson-Cisneros Award from for commitment to diversity and inclusion for all members of the Colorado College community. Her professional associations include the American Student Conduct Association (ASCA), National Association of Student Personal Administrators (NASPA), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Women of Color in Higher Education (WCHE).
Assistant Vice President/Director of the Butler Center
Paul M. Buckley, PhD, is Assistant Vice President and Inaugural Director of The Butler Center, Colorado College. He came to CC from Dartmouth College, where he served as assistant dean of undergraduate students. Paul has demonstrated experience in the work of diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education, with a passion for student development. He earned a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, a master of Science in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Albany, and a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing/management and minor in African American studies at the University of Albany. His research interests include: Critical Race Theory: Masculinities and Faith in Higher Education.
Director of Outdoor Education
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 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.
Career Center Director
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 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.