In her role as the Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU for the last decade, Dr. Blanche M. Hughes works with a division that includes 21 departments, each of which collaborates with other units in the University community to help ensure student/staff success. She also teaches and advises in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program. Before becoming Vice President, Dr. Hughes spent six years as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and 11 years as the Director of CSU’s Black Student Services. She also served as a professor in the Sociology Department at Pikes Peak Community College for two years, including one years as chair of the department. Dr. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, and a master’s of education degree and doctorate degree in sociology from CSU. She enjoys teaching, mentoring students and staff, presenting on issues related to diversity, parent transitions, and issues around managing work and family. She has also been involved as a volunteer with the Poudre School District and has served on community, regional, and national committees.