Amanda Allee, director of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator, has been named UCCS’ new dean of students. She will assume the role Feb. 8, 2021.
Allee brings a wealth of experience in student success, campus health and wellness advocacy and a focus on fostering resilience. She steps into the role following the announced retirement of current dean of students Steve Linhart, who – after more than 20 years at the university – will retire this February.
Allee is a UCCS veteran herself, having joined the university in 2008 as a graduate assistant working in the Office of Student Life while completing a master’s degree in education. Allee joined the Dean of Students Office in 2012. She has held roles as director of student and judicial affairs, assistant dean of students and, most recently, director of institutional equity and Title IX coordinator.
“Amanda has a track record of creating thoughtful, innovative initiatives for our campus,” said Carlos García, vice chancellor for student affairs. “She will bring to the campus many years of experience, having previously worked in our Dean of Students Office. Her vast knowledge of student conduct, student care and her deep sensitivity for students’ challenges and concerns will be a real plus for UCCS.”
Over the years, Allee has created programs and initiatives in response to student challenges – and has drawn praise for proactive solutions as well. As assistant dean of students, Allee redesigned the Respect on Campus program intended to reduce violence against women. She initially led the #SmartMoveUCCS campaign, focused on reducing drunk and impaired driving. Allee also played a major role in the establishment of Clyde’s Cupboard, which provides fresh, healthy snacks, groceries and pantry staples to students in need.
“I am very excited to return to Student Affairs and serve as the dean of students,” Allee said. “Student conduct and student crisis response, specifically, create a unique opportunity for education, personal growth and community development that does not exist in the same way in other parts of the university. I hope to carry forward the legacy of student care Steve Linhart created for the office, while contributing to the success of our students and campus community in new and innovative ways.”
Allee completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy through UCCS in 2015, where her research centered on professional resilience in higher education. She holds a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from UCCS and received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Allee continues to lecture on student affairs in higher education for the College of Education.
The Office of the Dean of Students is focused on maintaining campus conduct, advocating for students and helping students in crisis gain access to needed supports. The office directs programs that enrich a students’ experience on campus and enhance a student’s overall education. It strives to provide a safe, respectful, and supportive campus community.