Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for Enrollment VP position

Colorado State University – Pueblo announces finalists for Enrollment VP position

PUEBLO – Three individuals have been selected as finalists for the Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management (VPSSEM) at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The following three candidates will interview at a variety of campus forums next week for the position: Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver; Dr. Paul Orscheln, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Northern Kentucky University (NKU); and Dr. Richard Sluder, Vice Provost of Enrollment Management, University of Central Missouri (UCM). Bruce Gifford, who had been supervising enrollment and student services functions for the last year on an interim basis, retired in June.

The VPSSEM reports directly to the President and will provide assistance, counsel and support to the President as a member of the President’s Cabinet and University Leadership Team. The Vice President provides oversight and management of the division of Student Services and Enrollment Management including the development and implementation of enrollment goals in addition to oversight and direction for the offices of admissions and financial aid, first year programs, records, the center for international programs and the English Language Institute. In addition, the VP works collaboratively with and oversees the Dean of Student Life and those offices reporting directly to the Dean of Student Life, including housing and residence life, judicial affairs, recreation center, counseling, student health center, and student activities.

The candidates will interview on campus on the following dates: Paul Orscheln, August 12; Richard Sluder, August 14, Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, August 16. Interview schedules and copies of the candidates’ vitae are available for viewing at

All three candidates will follow the same interview schedule on their visits. Open forum sessions for the campus and community will be offered from 8:30-9:20 a.m. on each of the dates in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge.

Interview Schedule

Dinner the evening before with the search committee at a local restaurant

8- 8:20     a.m.        Meeting with Human Resources for benefits overview (Admin 306)

8:30-9:20 a.m.       Open forum for campus and community, OUC Hearthwell Lounge

9:30-10:20 a.m.     University Leadership Team, OUC Aspen Room

10:30-11:30 a.m.   Institutional Research Director Dr. Rick Kreminski (LS 106)

11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    Provost Carl Wright (Admin 303)

12:45-1:50 p.m.      Lunch with direct report employees (Admin 301)

2 -2:50    p.m.          Faculty and Staff, OUC Cottonwood

3-4 p.m.                   Students, OUC Cottonwood

4:05-5 p.m.              Campus tour with John Barnosky

5:30 p.m.                  Dinner with President Lesley Di Mare


Judi Diaz BonacquistiFor the past seven years, Diaz Bonacquisti has served as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services at Metropolitan State University (MSU) of Denver, where she provided leadership for nine distinct offices and 100 staff members to recruit, retain and graduate MSU Denver’s diverse, urban student population. As the Chief Enrollment Officer, she also co-chaired the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force to develop recommendations for policies, programs, and strategies that would double the number of Latino students and obtain HSI designation within a decade. MSU Denver is one year ahead of schedule to reach this strategic enrollment initiative. The entire undergraduate population has grown 8.6 percent between 2006 and 2012, including a 63 percent growth in Latinos and 22 percent increase in African Americans. Prior to joining MSU Denver, she was the director of the Minority Engineering Program at Colorado School of Mines, where directed residential outreach programs, placed students into paid internships and permanent jobs, taught a freshmen success course for academic credit, and academically advised students.  A Pueblo native, Diaz Bonacquisti holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from CSU Fort Collins and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.


Paul OrschelnOrscheln currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at NKU,  where he oversees Undergraduate Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Registrar, Veteran Services and the One-Stop Phone Center.  He also has experience supervising New Student Orientation and Document Imaging.  While at NKU, he has been utilized as a catalyst for change and integration, including expansion in tertiary markets through the development of an integrated multi-channeled branding, marketing and communications campaign and a restructuring of the scholarship program. Prior to NKU, Orscheln served as Executive Director, Enrollment Services and Director, Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation at Northern Arizona University and as Director of Admissions at the University of Central Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in physical education, exercise, and sport science from the University of Central Missouri, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Richard-SluderFor the past 21 years, Sluder has served in various positions at UCM, including faculty member, program coordinator, department chair, associate dean, dean of two colleges, and vice provost for enrollment management.  During his first UCM deanship in 2002, he expanded a satellite campus, increased online delivery, grew summer offerings, and expanded graduate enrollments.  While he was dean of the College of Health and Human Services, his college became the institution’s leader in program growth, online development, and degree production. In summer 2012, he was named to lead the university-wide initiative to increase student retention and completion. At UCM, he has helped enrollment management become not only a campus-wide responsibility, but also a community-wide responsibility and point of pride. A Pueblo native and first generation college student, Sluder holds a two-year certificate and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Truman State University, a master’s degree in human resources management from Truman State, and a doctoral degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.




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.