Three new faces you should know

July 10, 2012

CU-Boulder welcomes three campus leaders this month who bring cross-disciplinary knowledge and years of experience from higher education institutions across the country and within the state. Learn more about three people you should know, now.

Kelly Fox, senior vice chancellor for budget and finance and chief financial officer

Kelly Fox is no stranger to higher education, as she most recently served as vice president and chief financial officer for the CU System overseeing capital and operating budgets, as well as the controller’s office, treasurer’s office, risk management and procurement.

She has been at CU since 2006, although she also worked at the university as system budget director from 2001 to 2004. Previously, she was director of policy, planning and analysis at the Colorado School of Mines, and held budget, policy and planning posts with the Colorado Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Fox earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver.

“Kelly has distinguished herself with her skill, diplomacy and candor with constituents that include CU faculty, staff and students, the regents, elected officials and finance experts in the Legislature and the governor’s office,” said Chancellor Phil DiStefano. “She will be a marvelous addition to my cabinet and to the leadership of the CU-Boulder campus.”

Steven Leigh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is ready to dive right in at CU. “I'm looking forward to working with the talented faculty, staff, and students at Colorado more than anything else,” said Leigh. “As the interview process was unfolding, I had the opportunity to learn even more about the campus, university and community. It is clear that the research conducted here is cutting edge on so many fronts (sciences, humanities, arts) that I thought it would be great to be a part of this campus.”

A biological anthropologist, Leigh’s research focuses on both human and primate evolution and integrates many different kinds of data across the discipline of anthropology, including information from genetics, anatomy, archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology. His research has substantially altered the view of the evolution of human growth and development.

Leigh has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois since 1994 and previously held teaching and research appointments at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and at Northwestern University.

He received his B.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University in 1980, his M.A. in anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1985 and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1992.

“In Steven Leigh’s years at the University of Illinois he has gained national recognition for contributing in the areas of interdisciplinary research, teaching and public service,” Provost Russell Moore said. “He has an impressive combination of scholarly achievement and administrative experience and I believe he is the right person to lead the college through upcoming opportunities and challenges.”

Christina Gonzales, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students

When Christina Gonzales interviewed for the associate vice chancellor position in Boulder, not only was she checking out the campus, she was also looking in to what outdoor activities are available. A hiking and biking enthusiast, when the busy student affairs professional can find time she enjoys burying her nose in a good science fiction or mystery novel.

At UC Berkeley Gonzales established a bystander violence prevention program, created the Students of Concern Committee and led organizations through business process improvements. In the last year she also served as the director for student conduct where she led the team through a reorganization that included integrating a new code of conduct and creating a student-centered philosophy.

In her new position at CU-Boulder Gonzales will directly oversee a number of areas including Student Success and Retention, Student Conduct and the Honor Code, Orientation and Assessment, and the assistant dean of students in charge of the Student Organizations Finance Office and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

Prior to her current position at UC Berkeley Gonzales was at Arizona State University from March 1999 to August 2009, working her way up from an academic adviser to the associate dean for student affairs.

She holds a B.S. in history from Western New Mexico University and a master’s degree in educational management and development from New Mexico State University, and has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy studies.

“I am extremely pleased that Christina has agreed to join the Division of Student Affairs,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Deb Coffin. “She brings a depth and breadth of experience in student affairs that will push our initiatives forward, and she clearly shares our passion for providing excellent student services, advancing efforts around diversity and inclusion, and encouraging student involvement.”