Craig Chesson serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Life & Director of Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services. He has worked in Student Conduct Administration for 15 years and has over 20 years of Student Affairs experience. Under Craig’s leadership, the Student Conduct program has maintained an educational focus and has implemented alternative dispute resolution strategies to assist students in overcoming their mistakes. These programs have received national attention in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The department also received the outstanding service award from the Association of Student Conduct Administration. Craig teaches the Capstone course in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program and engages students on current issues in the field.
Craig earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership both from Colorado State University.
Craig is very excited to be sailing for the first time with Semester at Sea. He brings experience leading students on educational exchange trips to the Yucatan, Mexico and understands the value of being part of a global experience.
Craig relocated to Colorado from New York City and fell in love with the Rocky Mountain region. In order to create balance in his life, Craig enjoys playing percussion, listening to music, cooking, fishing, and watching sports. The remainder of his time he laughs with his wife Lisa about the way their three children approach life!
Craig is ready and enthusiastic to take part in this life-changing experience and he is looking forward to sharing it with all of the students, faculty, and staff.