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Awards / Honors

Celebrate! CSU Milestone: David McKelfresh, 35 years

April 24, 2013
By Katie Salvato

CSU is honoring faculty and staff who have reached service milestones during the 2012-13 fiscal year at the annual Celebrate! CSU Milestones event, 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Lory Student Center Theatre.

Dave McKelfreshDavid McKelfresh has been proud to be a CSU Ram since his first year as a student in 1970.

“I came into CSU as a political science major,” McKelfresh said. “My plan was to go to Washington, D.C., and be a legislative aide.”

He was the ASCSU President his senior year and became the first student to serve on Colorado State’s Board of Governors.  Since his term, every ASCSU President has sat on the governing board.

Discovering a Passion

It was during his senior year that McKelfresh discovered a passion stronger than his political ambitions: student affairs administration.

“No one says they are going to grow up to work in student affairs administration,” McKelfresh said. “It’s something people discover late in college or after graduation.”

McKelfresh became interested in student affairs because of the presiding Dean of Students. He enrolled in CSU’s College Student Personnel Administration Master’s program, now called the Student Affairs and Higher Education program.

“After my master’s, I went to Northern Illinois University,” McKelfresh said. “I thought I would be there for three or four years. I told them the only reason I would leave was if I got a chance to come back to CSU. So one year later, when I got offered a job here, I came back to Colorado.”

Life at CSU

For the first 30 years of his career, McKelfresh worked primarily in Housing and Residence Life.

“I was the Resident Director in Corbett Hall and lived in an apartment in the residence hall for a year,” McKelfresh said. “After that, I became an Assistant Director and moved off campus, and then for 12 years I was the Director of Residence Life.”

McKelfresh stepped away from housing six years ago to take on a joint appointment. He currently is the Executive Director for Assessment and Research as well as the Program Director for the Student Affairs in Higher Education master’s program.

“My memorable experiences are about how Colorado State University really, in any kind of crisis, pulled together as an institution and moved forward in a positive way,” McKelfresh said.

Specifically, McKelfresh remembers how the university joined together after the flood in 1997.

McKelfresh said he doesn’t have any regret about pursuing student administration over political science.

“I feel like I’ve lived a charmed life here at CSU,” McKelfresh said. “Not every person gets the opportunities that I’ve had, so it’s been a really positive experience.”

To personally congratulate a Milestones honoree or group of honorees, please email your celebratory message to  no later than Tuesday, May 7. Your message might be used during the interactive portion of the Celebrate! CSU Milestones event on May 9.


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