CU Boulder named Brett Cassell as campus bursar and director of student business services, effective Feb. 18.
Cassell comes to CU Boulder from the University of New Orleans, where he served as bursar for the past eight-plus years. Cassell has more than 17 years of experience in higher education, having also worked for more than eight years at the University of Southern Mississippi in contracts and grants, the bursar’s office and as an associate director of the alumni association.
Cassell says he came to CU Boulder primarily because of the CU Boulder’s positive reputation as a progressive institution with a culture that supports teamwork and growth.
“CU Boulder is a well-respected university across the nation,” Cassell said. “It’s known for forward thinking people and its collaborative nature. I’m very excited to work with the students here and be part of a nationally recognized organization.”
Cassell said he appreciates working for institutions of higher ed because he enjoys working with students and knowing the work he does has a positive impact on students lives and futures.
Laura Ragin, assistant vice chancellor and campus controller, says Cassell’s experience at the University of New Orleans and the University of Southern Mississippi will be a great asset to the Bursar’s Office.
“I look forward to the enthusiasm and leadership he brings to this very important role for our campus.”
Cassell says he is looking forward to collaborating with different departments across campus.
“I’m excited to be working with a great team of employees and for the opportunity to engage broadly with campus partners to improve the student experience,” Cassell said.
Cassell earned his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000, where he later completed his master’s with an emphasis in accounting in 2004.
He has more than 17 years of PeopleSoft experience, with more than 12 of those years in student financials. He served on the Finance Committee for the Southern Miss Alumni Association (SMAA) in the 2015–16 year and served as the Finance Committee chair and board member for the SMAA in 2016–17.
Cassell is joined in Colorado by his wife Heather and 2-year-old son Caleb.