We love this institution and the fact that the faculty, staff, and community walk the talk of Adams State's mission. Adams State lives its mission, and that is evident throughout the campus. We are astounded by the sense of community - not just on the campus, but among people in the area. There is a really positive feeling here.

Reaccreditation Site Visit Chair, Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association

Dr. Cheryl D. LovellDr. Cheryl D. Lovell


Cheryl D. Lovell, who holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Florida State University, was named President of Adams State University on February 14, 2019.  Herself 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” that occurs 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.

Dr. Lovell arrives in Alamosa from metro-Denver, where she has been a mainstay in higher education circles during the past 20 years, including most recently special advisor to the chancellor and to the chief academic officer for the Colorado State University System. She served as president and CEO of Rocky Vista University, a private osteopathic medical school in Parker, from December 2012 to December 2015, and was the chief academic officer for Colorado Department of Higher Education from February 2010 to July 2011. She is an accomplished faculty member with extensive teaching and research while simultaneously holding progressively responsible academic administrative roles.


Carol Osborn Executive Assistant to the president.Carol Osborn

Executive Assistant to the President