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Leadership Team

Mike Edmonds | John Lauer | Rochelle Mason | Paul Buckley | Ryan Hammes | Megan Nicklaus

Mike Edmonds

Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life
(719) 389-6684

Mike Edmonds is the Dean of Students/Vice President of Student Life at Colorado College, where he has served for 25 years. Dean Edmonds is also an Executive in Residence in the Economics and Business Department. Dean Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master's, and Ph.D. from Ole Miss, and was inducted as a Hall of Fame graduate in 1984. He has completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership. He frequently judges for the National Speech and Debate Association.

Dean Edmonds is a member of the North Central Institution Action Committee of the Higher Learning Commission, and serves as a peer reviewer for accreditation visits. At Colorado College, he has been recognized with the Colorado College Center for Service and Learning Award; the Victor Nelson Cisneros Diversity Award, which was presented at the 2010 Colorado College Honors Convocation; and the 2011 Gresham Riley Award, which recognizes faculty and staff of the College who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment and accomplishment.

Nationally, Dr. Edmonds is a member of the Lott Institute Trustees at the University of Mississippi and the School of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees at Ole Miss. He is treasurer of the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha forensics honorary. Regionally, Mike is a past chair of the Board of Trustees for Memorial Health System, past chair of United Way for the Pikes Peak Region, a member of the Tocqueville Society United Way and on the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Springs School. He is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, president-elect of the Great West American Cancer Society Board of Directors, and past member of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board. He was appointed by Governor Bill Owens to serve on the Fourth District Judicial Commission of Colorado and served as chair of the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Commission. Dr. Edmonds holds a professional membership in Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha and is a silver lifetime member of the NAACP.

Dean Edmonds has been honored with the Educator of the Year Award from the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region; the national St. George Award from the American Cancer Society; the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League; the MLK award from James Logan High school in Union City, CA; the Delores Taylor Arthur Award from Holy Cross High School in New Orleans; the Men of Achievement award from Delta Sigma Theta; and the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi. He was the recipient and awardee of the Uplift Community Foundation’s support in 2015. For his work in speech and forensics, he has been recognized with the National Speech and Debate Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and inducted into the Gold Key Society at Emory University.

John Lauer


Associate Vice President for Student Life
(719) 389-6618

John Lauer began work at Colorado College in 2007. He has held multiple positions in higher education for nearly 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Arts in Social Science with an emphasis in Student Development from California State University, Chico, and an MBA from the University of Colorado. John is chairing the colleges’ multi-year JED Campus initiative focused on student emotional and mental health, suicide and substance abuse prevention, and the overall wellness of college students.

John is active in the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), and is leading CC’s participation in that association’s 21st Century Project.  He is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  John is a doctoral student at Azusa Pacific University with research interests including student Thriving, the positive impacts on student learning through living on campus, safe campus initiatives, and strengths-based leadership.  John and his wife Lily are the proud parents of three Colorado College students: Jake ‘17, Josh ‘19, and Ariel ‘21.

Rochelle Mason

Senior Associate Dean of StudentsMason

(719) 389-6800

Senior Associate Dean Rochelle Mason has a long association with Colorado College. Prior to her appointment as senior associate dean, she held the position of associate dean for 6 years and director of minority student life and director of minority and international students for 18 years. Rochelle earned her B.A. in Drama from Colorado College and a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Intercultural Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Rochelle has lived in Colorado Springs since 1969 and has been instrumental in outreach and partnership efforts connecting Colorado College to the greater community. She has received numerous community honors including an Urban League Service Award for commitment to the welfare of under-represented students; the NAACP Community Award in Higher Education and Citizen of the Year Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Iota Omicron Lambda Chapter. She also served a 6-year term on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan YMCA. Rochelle has been recognized at Colorado College as well; she has received several Mentor Awards, Service Awards and the Nelson-Cisneros Award from for commitment to diversity and inclusion for all members of the Colorado College community. Her professional associations include the American Student Conduct Association (ASCA), National Association of Student Personal Administrators (NASPA), American Counseling Association (ACA), and Women of Color in Higher Education (WCHE).

Paul Buckley

Assistant Vice President/Director of the Butler Center
(719) 389-6638

Paul M. Buckley, PhD, is Assistant Vice President and Inaugural Director of The Butler Center, Colorado College. He came to CC from Dartmouth College, where he served as assistant dean of undergraduate students. Paul has demonstrated experience in the work of diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education, with a passion for student development. He earned a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, a master of Science in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Albany, and a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing/management and minor in African American studies at the University of Albany. His research interests include: Critical Race Theory: Masculinities and Faith in Higher Education.

Ryan Hammes

Director of Outdoor Education
(719) 227-8131

Ryan Hammes began working for Colorado College as the Director of Outdoor Education in 2012. Previously, he was the coordinator of the Outdoor Recreation Program at Sonoma State University in northern California. He has taught courses in outdoor pedagogy and been published for his work in adventure education and rock climbing. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Master of Science in Adventure Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His extensive outdoor certifications include: technical rock climbing, avalanche analysis, backcountry skiing, and wilderness medicine. Ryan is active with the American Mountain Guides Association and the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education.

Megan Nicklaus

Career Center Dierctor
(719) 389-6893

Megan Nicklaus began working for Colorado College as the Director of the Career Center in 2013. Previously, she was the Associate Director for the Center for Student Development at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She has extensive experience both with career coaching and campus recruiting programs. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several professional associations including the National Career Development Association. When she is not helping students with their transition, you can generally find her enjoying the outdoors rock climbing, hiking, or trail running.