Dr. Chesson serves as the Associate Dean of Students at Colorado State University since 2016. He works directly with campus crisis management and response initiatives, behavior intervention teams, and the Incident Bias Consultation Team. He is instrumental in bringing best practices to the university relating to emergency situations relating to students. He currently supervises the Student Resolution Center, Student Case Management, and Off-Campus Life, and assists these units in promoting student success.

Dr. Chesson takes pride in helping make Colorado State University a safe campus community that is welcoming for all students. One extremely important aspect of that commitment is to understand, prevent and respond to the negative experiences’ students may encounter.

Prior to working in the office of the Vice President of Student Affairs he was the chief discipline officer for the university for ten years. During this time, he was able to work closely with law enforcement agencies on and off campus. Specifically, he has assisted with training law enforcement officers, served on oral boards, and participated on many briefings prior to major events.

Dr. Chesson also worked with TRIO programs assisting first generation-low income students access higher education, Office of Admissions, and Residence Life. This fall will be his 27th year working in the Division of Student Affairs helping students achieve their academic and personal goals.

He earned his BS in Hotel & Resort Management from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.