An individual with more than 18 years of increasing leadership in student affairs at both commuter and residential colleges and universities has been hired as Dean of Student Life and Development at Colorado State University – Pueblo. Zav Dadabhoy comes to Pueblo from Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he has held several positions in Student Life and Student Services. Pending the completion of his responsibilities with Metro, Dr. Dadabhoy will come to CSU-Pueblo as early as June 15.
As Dean of Student Life and Development, Dadabhoy will be the chief campus official for student services and student life, including responsibility for oversight of student fees, residence halls, student health and counseling services, outdoor programs, intramural sports and recreation, drug prevention/awareness programs, student government and clubs, student activities board, and the career center.
He has served as Director of Student Activities at Metro State since 1995 and for the last year has provided leadership on an interim basis to student engagement programs as well as planning and assessment systems that develop and enhance student success. While there, he secured funding for, and created a series of multicultural programs and co-curricular activities, including outreach to every ethnic and social group on campus. His efforts received national recognition from the National Association for Campus Activities.
He has played a role in the development of innovative student services, including the use of technology, portals, commuter and nomadic learning communities, and a variety of online services, for which virtually every aspect of engagement programs are available and accessible as services on the web site.
From 1990-95, he was a Student Development Educator at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he directed commuter student services, directed leadership and educational programming, chaired judicial cases, and conducted conflict resolution. He also has served as special projects coordinator in the division of student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned both bachelor and master’s degrees in sociology. In 2002, he earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver. His major areas of concentration throughout his doctoral program were retention variables, out-of-class college student experiences, and on-line student services.
“While I come from a multi-ethnic heritage, my sociological background and my real life experiences make me very conscious and concerned with the need for higher education institutions to be actively involved in educating our future leaders about the importance of cross cultural communication and understanding,” Dadabhoy said.