Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources finalist presentations scheduled

Two finalists for the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources position will be on campus November 14 and 15. All faculty, staff, students and interested members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend the finalists’ meet and greets and open forums to ask questions about their qualifications. A feedback survey will be sent out via email after the candidates’ visits. The link for each candidate feedback survey will also be provided below.

Due to search sensitivities, candidate details will be released in a staggered format. An email will be sent out when information on each candidate is released.

The Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources will be responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation and ongoing execution of human resources and management practices; managing day-to-day Office of Human Resources operations; and offering expert guidance surrounding compliance requirements, laws, regulations and policies.

The search committee is chaired by Harper Johnson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (currently holds interim HR position). See the full search committee listing below.

Candidate Information

Wendi Gowing | Monday, Nov. 14

Wendi Gowing

Wendi Gowing’s experience in Human Resources spans six countries and more than 20 years. Her role as Director of Human Resources at Denver Seminary for the past five years has added to her career portfolio working in multiple industries including non-profits, education, and publicly traded corporations. She has proven effective working at both small- and large-sized organizations. This breadth of experience has given her expertise across nearly every aspect of human resources, including talent acquisition and retention, compensation and benefits, business processes, change management, strategic planning and organizational development.

A seven-year international foray to Morocco and France allowed Ms. Gowing to gain an appreciation of culture from different points of view. Her Human Resources career began as she worked in talent acquisition bringing English-native speaking teachers to a Moroccan international school immediately after September 11, 2001. Ms. Gowing honed her communication and emotional intelligence skills as she led employees to explore their curiosity about working in a culture not their own and helped them adjust to a new environment.

Returning to the United States, Ms. Gowing earned her human resources certifications, both global and US-based, immediately after receiving her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Her experience as a full-time student while working a full-time job and raising two school-aged children gave her a passion for supporting students from non-traditional backgrounds. She is excited about encouraging others to be lifelong learners and most recently collaborated with her peers to develop a management training series for her institution which has increased employee confidence in their managers as shown by engagement surveys.

Wendi is a strong advocate for continuous improvement and is a systems-minded thinker who strives for increased efficiency all while balancing good customer service and relationship-building. Although HR is known to be compliance-driven, Ms. Gowing looks for win-win strategies that accomplish the desired end goals for both the employees and the institution. She leads with a philosophy of servant leadership and empowers employees to do their best work.

Ms. Gowing earned her Bachelor’s degree in humanities from the University of California at Berkeley where she met her husband Chris. They have two adult children, one of whom is an alumnus of UCCS. As a Mountain Lion parent, Wendi Gowing has been a proud supporter of UCCS for many years!

Cover Letter

  • Open Campus Forum: 10:30-11:30 a.m. in UC 302
  • Virtual Meet-and-Greet: 1-2 p.m. via Zoom

Evaluation Form
Please submit your evaluation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

Angela Bender | Tuesday, Nov. 15

Angela Bender

Angela Bender is the current Director of Strategy and Operation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has been with MSU Denver for 10 years and in Human Resources (HR) since 1992. Most of her professional career has been in higher education with 9 years at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Angela currently leads four managers with 21 indirect reports including the following functions: recruitment, hiring, compensation, onboarding, new hire processing, student employment, front desk, day to day operation and leading the implementation of the Workday (HRIS) project expected to go live January 1, 2023.

Her passion in HR includes hiring, compensation, process transformation, and employee experience. Angela’s strengths include customer service, knowledge of all aspects of HR, the state classified system, and the history of higher education in Colorado. She is at her best when she has time to build relationships across campus, collaborate on various HR issues with different campus constituent groups, and working closely with her HR teams. She has been told by many of her colleagues that she is an outstanding communicator and excellent at customer service as well as having a reputation for being innovative and proactive.

Angela is a native of Colorado and has a cabin in the mountains that allows her to hike, fish, ride 4 wheelers, rest, relax and reenergize. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and has a son that is a Marine stationed in San Diego. She loves living in the mountains outside of Colorado Springs and is thrilled to be a candidate for consideration for the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources at University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Cover Letter

Evaluation Form
Please submit your evaluation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

The committee members are:

  • Harper Johnson (Chair, currently holds interim HR position), Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Deann Barrett, Human Resources Manager, College of Letters, Arts, Sciences
  • Shannon Cable, Director of Student Employment/Financial Aid/Student Employment/Scholarships, VCAF Office
  • Rame Hanna, Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
  • Mandy Hull, Managing Associate, University Legal Counsel
  • Charlie Kuehler, Staff Association Representative/VC Student Affairs Office Finance and Accounting Senior Professional
  • Larry Lee, Executive Director, Auxiliary Services
  • Karen Markel, Dean, College of Business
  • Terri Wagner, Resource Management Division, Budget Operations Manager

Staffing support is being provided by Greg Krems, Office of Information Technology Business Manager.