New faces on campus

A new semester always means not only new students but also new faculty and staff on campus. Here are a few of the people you’ll see around CSU this year, some for the first time, and some assuming new roles.

College of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Scott Fahrner became medical director of the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory after several years as an anesthesiologist and medical director at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.




Susan Faircloth is the new director of the School of Education. An enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina, she comes to campus from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


James Graham is the director of the Center for Community Partnerships in the Department of Occupational Therapy. He joined CSU from the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.



Helen Holmquist-Johnson is the new director of the Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC) program in the School of Social Work, moving from her role as a research associate in the Social Work Research Center.


Karen Hyllegard has become the head of the Department of Design and Merchandising, after nearly two decades as a faculty member in the department.




Laura Malinin has been appointed director of the new Richardson Design Center, currently under construction and expected to open in 2019. She has been an assistant professor of interior architecture and design in the Department of Design and Merchandising.

College of Liberal Arts

Elissa Braunstein is Interim chair of the Department of Economics, as well as editor for the journal Feminist Economics. She spent 2015-2017 working as a Senior Economist at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies.



André Feagin is the assistant director of bands and assistant professor of music, serving as conductor of the symphonic band and director of the CSU Marching Band and basketball pep bands. In addition, he teaches courses in undergraduate conducting and marching band techniques. He comes to CSU from University of Texas at El Paso.



Robert Gudmestad is chair of the Department of History. His current research involves using GIS to study the combat between Union gunboats and southern guerrillas during the American Civil War. He has published books and articles on Mississippi River steamboats, the domestic slave trade, the use of football to promote patriotism, and baseball in Richmond, Virginia.



Michelle Stanley, flutist, is associate professor of music. She is an active teacher and performing musician who travels frequently throughout Europe and the U.S. as a recitalist and master teacher, most recently having performed in Italy and Russia.



College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Dr. David Frisbie, professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and an equine surgeon, has been named director of the C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute. He has been a faculty member in the college for nearly 20 years and is an internationally recognized expert in orthopedic surgery and research, and sports medicine.



Provost’s Office

Steven Dandaneau is an associate provost and executive director of the  Reinvention Collaborative, a national consortium of research universities dedicated to advancing undergraduate education, housed at CSU. He comes to the university from a position as vice provost for undergraduate affairs at Kansas State.





Kathleen Fairfax is the new Vice Provost for International Affairs. Previously the assistant vice president for international affairs and outreach at South Dakota State University, she is taking over from Jim Cooney, who has moved into a position of special assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President.




Office of Engagement

Amy Smith is the new senior director of Colorado State University Online. She has extensive experience in the field of education, most recently as dean of the School of Education for Capella University. Smith will take over for Interim Senior Director Ashley Stokes who will return to her role as assistant vice president for Engagement and deputy director of CSU Extension.




Office of the Vice President of Research

David Paterson is assistant vice president for research, translation and commercialization, who will work to expand industry-sponsored research and relations. He will also review and improve CSU industry engagement procedures. Most recently he was in business and corporate development for Impax Laboratories.