Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell


Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell began serving as President of Adams State University July 2018. As a low-income, first-generation college student she brings a keen understanding and passion for Adams State’s mission to provide access and opportunity to all students, regardless of ZIP code or economic status. She is fond of talking about the “mobility bump” occurring for students who come from impoverished and historically underrepresented backgrounds to campuses of higher education, and how a college degree helps move people up the economic ladder and creates social mobility within their lives.

You will often find Dr. Lovell around campus talking with students and attending numerous campus events. She is a proud member of our Grizzly Nation and is a high energy advocate for Adams State University students, faculty, and staff. She welcomes the opportunity to greet everyone with a hello and a warm smile.

She is involved in numerous local community organizations along with leadership roles with regional and national associations and organizations. She serves on the President’s Council of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and is a member of its Executive Council. She represents the state of Colorado on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Council of State Representatives. She is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Academic Requirements Committee. Dr. Lovell is also recognized as a member of Excelencia’s President for Latino Student Success. She is a board member with the El Pomar Foundation, San Luis Valley Regional Council. She is a member of the Advisory Board with A Precious Child (a Broomfield based nonprofit association providing support to children and families in poverty). She serves on the Board of Directors with Women With a Cause (a Denver based nonprofit association providing financial support to single mothers to attend college). She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Alamosa.

Prior to joining Adams State, she was most recently Special Advisor to the Chancellor and to the Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado State University System from 2015 to 2018. She served as President and CEO of Rocky Vista University, a private osteopathic medical school in Parker, from December 2012 to December 2015.

She has an extensive background in higher education public policy serving as the Chief Academic Officer for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Dr. Lovell spent a half decade with the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) and was with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) representing the states in Washington, DC on technical issues related to the State Postsecondary Review Program.

She began her career in higher education in student affairs administration working at West Georgia College, East Texas State University, and the University of Arkansas. For nearly twenty years she was an accomplished faculty member with extensive teaching and research in higher education public policy, student affairs, and higher education administration while simultaneously holding progressively responsible academic leadership roles at the University of Denver. She is often sought out as a speaker to present on a variety of higher education issues and is a certified Coach with Gallup Clifton Strengths Finder. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University.

Carol Osborn Executive Assistant to the president.

Carol Osborn

Executive Assistant to the President