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Kevin Oltjenbruns is selected as interim director of School of Education

July 25, 2011

Kevin Oltjenbruns, former vice provost for Undergraduate Studies, has agreed to serve as interim director of the School of Education while a national search is conducted for the director position.

“I am pleased the School of Education will be under the strong leadership of Kevin Oltjenbruns until a permanent leader can be found. Kevin has made countless contributions to the success of Colorado State and the College of Applied Human Sciences, and I thank her for her outstanding dedication,” said Jeff McCubbin, dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences.

“This interim appointment is a great opportunity to learn even more about Colorado State, re-connect with long-term colleagues, and to interact with many others as well,” Oltjenbruns said.

Long and productive tenure

An emeritus professor in Human Development and Family Studies, Oltjenbruns also was associate dean of the College of Applied Human Sciences. She retired from CSU in 2005 after 31 years, but has continued to serve in various roles.

Most recently, with Jean Morgenweck, she helped obtain funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation for the creation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and acquire a $1 million endowment for CSU to support it in perpetuity. She serves as co-director of the institute where she gives leadership to curriculum development and faculty recruitment. Osher is geared at participants ages 50 and better.

Working with Jan Rastall, Oltjenbruns also helped acquire a $1 million endowment which grants scholarships to Osher reentry students, individuals between ages 25-50 who have been out of school for at least five years.

Alumna and donor

Oljtenbruns earned her bachelor’s in mathematics and her master’s in human development and family studies at CSU, and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. Oltjenbrun’s area of expertise is in lifespan development especially grief and dying. She was instrumental as part of a group which started the first hospice in Fort Collins.

Oltjenbruns is a longtime donor to CSU, establishing the Jill Kreutzer/Kevin Oltjenbruns Undergraduate Student Development Scholarship with colleague Jill Kreutzer. The scholarship is for students who have made multiple contributions to their fellow HDFS students, such as those who serve as peer advisors for the department.

She is the recipient of the Alumni Association Charles A. Lory Public Service Award for her service contributions to her field and to CSU.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: 491-5182