Nancy Hartley, a former dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences at Colorado State University, will come out of retirement to guide the college as interim dean while the university conducts a national search for a permanent dean. Hartley was dean of the college for 10 years before April Mason took the helm in 2004. Mason left Colorado State in early January to take a position as provost and senior vice president at Kansas State University.
Hartley, who said she submitted her application for the interim dean position after several phone calls from deans, department heads and faculty, retired from Colorado State in 2004 when she left the dean’s position. Since that time, she has remained active in the college and university, mentoring faculty and meeting often with Mason. She also has served as a consultant for the National Science Foundation and other educational agencies as well as a community volunteer.
“We’re very pleased that someone with Dr. Hartley’s experience and level of respect would be willing to return to the college and assist us through this transition period,” said Rick Miranda, provost at Colorado State.
Prior to Hartley’s appointment as dean, she directed the university School of Occupational and Educational Studies, now the School of Education. As director, she coordinated on- and off-campus programs for the school and served as liaison to the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System, the Colorado Department of Education and was the co-chair of Colorado Council of Deans of Education for many years.
Hartley holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in counseling psychology from Sangamon State University, now University of Illinois, Springfield campus. Her doctoral degree is from Colorado State University, and her research and teaching have focused on helping at-risk populations transition from school to work.
Hartley is a past board member and an honorary trustee for the Colorado Women’s Foundation and currently serves on their program committee. In addition, she is actively involved with Women Give in Larimer County where she serves on the executive committee and is co-chair of the program committee. She served on the Poudre Valley Health System board of trustees for 10 years and as board chair for 2 1/2 years. She also has served on various Poudre School District committees since retirement, stayed connected to the field of education and has continued to attend many American Educational Research Association conferences.