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Fall 2022: European and Asian Adventure
Executive Dean

Craig Chesson

Dr. Craig Chesson serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Colorado State University. Craig sailed on the Fall 2016 as Assistant Dean of Students voyage and is excited for another opportunity to be part of this life changing transformational experience.

He earned his BS in Hotel & Resort Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.

Craig has 27 years of higher education experience primarily in administration. He works directly with campus crisis management and response initiatives, behavior intervention teams, and the Incident Bias Consultation Team. Craig is instrumental in bringing best practices to the university relating to emergency situations relating to students.

Craig believes in order to be a global citizen international travel is significant. While teaching in the Graduate School’s Student Affairs in Higher Education as an Assistant Professor, he led two trips to Merida, Mexico with students learning about higher education in Mexico. Craig currently assists the office of International Programs in training faculty in cross-cultural competencies, unpacking social identities, creating courageous conversations with students in an international context, and serving underrepresented students in education abroad. He also serves on the International Travel Oversight Committee reviewing petitions from faculty, staff, and students regarding safety and security while participating in international educational experiences.

In order to create balance in his life, Craig enjoys playing percussion, listening to music, cooking, fishing, and watching sports. He also believes humor builds your soul and is the remedy for a lot of things.