PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare has appointed the Chair of the Mass Communications Department and Center for New Media at Colorado State University-Pueblo as her new chief of staff. Jennifer Mullen, a 1983 alumna and 20+ year faculty member at the University, will begin her duties on June. 1
Earlier in the spring semester, Di Mare asked for submissions from faculty members interested in serving as Chief of Staff for a one-year trial position.
“I was pleasantly surprised at the interest in the position and even more impressed with the number of applicants and their qualifications for the position,” Di Mare said. “While all were outstanding candidates in their own right and each would have made unique contributions to the position, I ultimately chose Jennifer Mullen because of her extensive knowledge of Pueblo and CSU-Pueblo and her background in public relations.”
Mullen earned a master’s degree in speech communication from the University of Northern Colorado in 1993. She began her full-time teaching career at then-University of Southern Colorado, preceded by part-time teaching at USC and Pueblo Community College. Before she began her teaching career, she served as the first executive director of the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, which was the first in Colorado and fifth in the nation to focus on the investigation of child sexual abuse. She also was the Public Affairs Director, 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
She has served on numerous committees, including the CSU-Pueblo President’s and CSU System Chancellor’s search committees this past year. She is chair of the KTSC-Rocky Mountain PBS Advisory Board, a member of the Pikes Peak Public Relations Society of American, the Southern Colorado Press Club, and been active with the United Way, Pueblo School of Arts and Sciences, Greater Pueblo Chamber, and the Colorado State Fair.
“I am greatly impressed and have admired President Di Mare as our new president and believe we have a wonderful future under her knowledgeable and conscientious leadership,” Mullen said. “The 26 years that I’ve spent in the department, both as student and faculty member, have been the most rewarding of my professional life. I now look forward to being a part of President Di Mare’s team.”
Mullen said the future of the department is in the best of hands with talented, dedicated faculty and staff under the leadership of Sam Ebersole, professor of mass communications, who will take over as chair of the Mass Communications Department on June 1.
As chief of staff, Mullen will serve as the principal aide to the President in the following areas:
- Establishing and maintaining an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the President’s goals and objectives; oversee training, supervision, and evaluation of unit staff in the President’s Office.
- Advising the President on best ways to position the institution with civic and business leadership, alumni, and regional elected representatives on issues that have a direct, strategic impact on core initiatives of the institution.
- Preparing and/or contributing to the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on institutional and strategic issues presented to the community and other constituencies.
- Gathering and analyzing data when the President needs quick access to information regarding the community, fund raising, and general historical background of situations that may arise.
- Researching and analyzing the numerous partnerships and events individuals and groups present to the President for her consideration. Support in this area will allow the President to make informed decisions regarding meaningful outreach efforts.
- Creating a greater collaboration between the Alumni Office, IR, External Affairs and the Foundation–those key units directly related to University‘s reputation and branding thus allowing for a better coordination of important University initiatives.