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Spring 2023: Asian, African, and European Exploration
Academic Dean

Nancy Hartley

Academic Dean:
Discipline: Education – Transition from School to Work/Welfare to work
Dean Emeritus- Colorado State University

Nancy Hartley spent thirty plus years in higher education with her last 20+ years at Colorado State University as a faculty member, Director of the School of Education, and Dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences (now the College of Health and Human Sciences).   Under her leadership the college significantly increased its research funding, expanded programs that supported first generation students, and promoted the creation of leadership opportunities for students.   She is committed to understanding and enhancing the college experience of undergraduate students including the importance of travel abroad opportunities and the integration of these experiential learning components into the fabric of undergraduate life. Nancy was the Semester at Sea Spring 2018 Academic Dean!

Since retirement Nancy does consulting, mentoring and shares her administrative experience with a number of community non-profit agencies.  She recently became an honorary trustee of the  Women’s Foundation of Colorado after serving on their board for a number of years.  Nancy is also a founding member of Women Give, a subsidiary of United Way in Larimer County.

Nancy started her career working with disadvantaged/disabled populations as a social worker. She then moved to creating education programs for students who had dropped out of high school.  She  was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the U. S. Department of Education to work in the area of Transition from School  for those at risk of living in poverty. After her 20-year experience in higher education administration, she has now returned in retirement to her earlier passion to focus her volunteer/board work on non-profit agencies who focus their efforts on transition from school to work/ welfare to work for women and girls who live in poverty.

During her career in higher education Nancy received numerous honors and special awards including: Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, Colorado State University Community Service Award, Poudre Valley Health System Meritorious Service Award, University Council of Workforce and Human Resource Education; Colorado State University Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, and was a Finalist for the Unique Woman of Colorado Award.  She attended the Colorado Institute for Women in Management and has been actively involved in supporting/mentoring women in higher education.

In addition to her active involvement in various aspects of the philanthropic community, Nancy plays tennis, skis, enjoys outdoor activities and gardening ,and makes an occasional attempt at golf.  She and her husband enjoy traveling and have four children and seven grandchildren.