Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D.

Adams State University | President

Cheryl D. Lovell, who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University, was selected to serve as Interim President of Adams State University on July 1, 2018.  Herself a low-income, first-generation college student, she brings a keen understanding and passion for Adams State's mission to provide access and opportunity to all students, regardless of ZIP code or economic status. She is fond of talking about the "mobility bump" that occurs for students who come from impoverished and historically underrepresented backgrounds to campuses of higher education, and how a college degree helps move people up the economic ladder and creates social mobility within their lives. Dr. Lovell arrives in Alamosa from metro-Denver, where she has been a mainstay in higher education circles during the past 20 years, including most recently special advisor to the chancellor and to the chief academic officer for the Colorado State University System. She served as president and CEO of Rocky Vista University, a private osteopathic medical school in Parker, from December 2012 to December 2015, and was the chief academic officer for Colorado Department of Higher Education from February 2010 to July 2011. She is an accomplished faculty member with extensive teaching and research while simultaneously holding progressively responsible academic administrative roles.