MSU Denver Launches National Search for a New Dean for the School of Hospitality

In August 2023, Metropolitan State University of Denver began a national search for a new Dean for the School of Hospitality.

The University is partnering with executive search firm Academic Search.

Position Information

The position of Dean of the School of Hospitality has posted as of August 29 2023.

To access the application information, please click here.

Full Job Description

2023 School of Hospitality Dean Search Committee Members

The School of Hospitality Dean Search Committee is comprised of 8 members:

  • Chair:  Dr. Hope Szypulski, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences.
  • Dr. Ann Obermann, LCSW. Associate Professor and Online Learning Coordinator, Department of Social Work.
  • Dr. K Scherrer, LCSW. Professor, Department of Social Work.
  • Shellie Kark, M.B.A, C.P.A., Program Manager – Meeting and Event Incentive Program, School of Hospitality.
  • Jackson Lamb, Professor Emeritus, School of Hospitality.
  • Dr. Michael Wray, Professor, School of Hospitality.
  • Jimi Webb, Director of Student Services and Operations, School of Hospitality.
  • Steve Galpern, Senior Director, Office of Development.
  • Scott Gladney, General Manager, SpringHill Suites Marriot Denver Downtown at MSU Denver.

Anticipated Timeline

[Subject to change]:


  • Finalization of leadership profile and associated ad
  • Academic Search‘s active recruitment period of applicants


  • Search Committee reviews candidates
  • Search Committee selects candidates for first-round (semi-finalist) interviews


  • Virtual interviews of semi-finalists
  • Search Committee selects finalists


  • Campus interviews of finalists


  • New Dean begins role.