Jodie Hanzlik Named Dean of Graduate School at Colorado State University

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Colorado State University Provost Rick Miranda has selected Jodie Hanzlik as the newly appointed dean of the Graduate School.

“Jodie’s passion for the graduate program will be a tremendous asset in moving forward,” Miranda said. “In her five years in the Graduate School, she has helped improve access for all students so that we are casting as wide a net as possible and helping students reach their full potential, whether they’re going on to academia, industry or other directions.”

Hanzlik has served as the interim vice provost for Graduate Affairs since 2011, taking over for Peter Dorhout who was appointed as Provost at CSU-Pueblo. Hanzlik has been in the Graduate School since 2007 as the associate vice provost for Graduate Affairs. Previously, she was a member of the Occupational Therapy department for 24 years, the last 10 years as department head.

“Our graduate programs and faculty are world-renowned for their excellence; for those reasons, we are able to attract the best and the brightest students,” Hanzlik said. “To serve Colorado State University in a position that has been created to support and enhance such a graduate system is quite an honor. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that await me as the Dean of the Graduate School.”

“This past January, the Graduate School recrafted its mission statement. It defines the reason for our existence and embodies our philosophy and the goals we hope to accomplish as we serve the graduate community,” said Hanzlik. “Implicit within the mission are our ultimate objectives to ensure the success of our students during their tenure here and as they move into the employment arena upon graduation; additionally, we plan to support both student and institutional success by enhancing student retention and graduation rates.”

Hanzlik was instrumental in creating the Graduate Center for Diversity and Access and has built a wide array of innovative recruitment and retention activities for the center. She has also built the All-University Summer Networking Community, which provides an inclusive professional development and living community for undergraduate participants brought together from departments that offer federally funded Undergraduate Research Experience Programs, known as REUs, throughout campus.