CSU’s Adult Learner and Veteran Services Names Retired Colonel Pickett New Director, Mildrexler New Assistant Director

Colorado State University’s Office of Adult Learner and Veteran Services has named retired Colonel Jenny Pickett the new director of Adult Learner and Veteran Services and Janella Mildrexler as the new assistant director of the Adult Learner and Veteran Services office.

In 2011, Pickett joined ALVS as the assistant director after a 28-plus-year career with the United States Air Force. Prior to her military retirement, she was the commander/department head and professor of Aerospace Studies at CSU, leading one of the nation’s top four Air Force Reserve Officer Training (ROTC) programs.

Pickett’s military experience includes a variety of positions in the Pentagon, as well as being the commander of several Air Force organizations. Pickett has accumulated more than 3,000 hours as an Air Force pilot and has earned three advanced degrees, most recently a master’s from the University of Denver in 2012.

Janella Mildrexler, the new ALVS assistant director, comes to Colorado State from the University of Northern Colorado where she was the graduate assistant for Clubs and Organizations. Mildrexler earned her associate’s from Colby Community College, her bachelor’s and master’s from Fort Hays State University, and worked at the Hays Daily News for seven years. She then became the coordinator of Student Organizations at the University of Connecticut.

Mildrexler gained interest in working with adult learners from an early age after she attended classes with her parents. She is now pursuing her doctorate within UNC’s Higher Education/Student Affairs Leadership program.

"I’m thrilled retired Colonel Jenny Pickett is our new director of Adult Learner and Veteran Services," said Dean of Students and School of Education Assistant Professor Jody Donovan. "Her incredible skills and military experience make her an outstanding leader for the office and for serving the veteran and adult learner population at Colorado State University.

"The addition of Janella Mildrexler as the new assistant director focusing on adult learners and student parents creates an incredible team of advocates on behalf of student success," Donovan added.

The Office of Adult Learners and Veteran Services is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing CSU’s efforts to support adults returning to or beginning their collegiate careers, including veteran students, their dependents and student parents.

To learn more about the Office of Adult Learners and Veteran Services, visit www.adultstudents.colostate.edu.