Colorado State University – Pueblo hires Derek Lopez as director of first-year programs


A Pueblo native and Stanford University alumnus has been hired by Colorado State University – Pueblo to direct the federally-funded Title V program, which includes monitoring the advising, orientation, and overall success of first-year students. Derek Lopez will begin his duties as Director of First-Year Programs on Jan. 22.

As Director of First-year programs, Lopez will oversee the management and evaluation of the University’s Title V grant, insuring achievement of objectives and compliance with federal regulations. He will supervise the Learning Communities Coordinator and the First-Year Advisement Specialist/ First-Year Center Coordinator as well as lead professional development for faculty involved in those Learning Communities, including the first-year experience course. He also will supervise the first-year advising program and develop, implement, and oversee the New Student Orientation Program.

Lopez earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from then University of Southern Colorado in 1996 and went on to earn a doctoral degree from the School of Education at Stanford University in 2002. Since 2005, he has been the director of the Title V grant at Pueblo Community College. Prior to that post, he served in several capacities at Cesar Chavez Academy from 2002-04, including grant writer, director of marketing, and intervention and prevention specialist.

“Derek’s academic training and experience have prepared him to take on the responsibilities of this position, and I am confident that he will be successful,” said President Joseph Garcia. “A great deal of his doctoral research focused on the very activities he will engage in at CSU-Pueblo.”

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.