New dean selected for college of health and human sciences

Delaney Allen

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University will be receiving a new dean beginning in the Fall of 2019.

Lise Youngblade, the current professor and head of the human development and family studies department and associate dean for Strategic Initiatives, will be replacing Jeff McCubbin, the current dean of the college.


“I am blessed to be surrounded by people who have supported me and who care about the college, giving of their time and talents to help us collectively advance and grow,” McCubbin wrote in an email on August 13th to department faculty, according to SOURCE. McCubbin declined to comment with The Collegian, further referencing the email sent to department faculty. 

McCubbin became dean in July of 2011. He plans to serve as academic dean for Semester at Sea in the fall 2020 semester.

“I have no doubt the next dean will be happy to assume leadership of this solid and forward-thinking college following the conclusion of the next academic year,” McCubbin wrote in his email.

Youngblade has been head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at CSU since 2006. She also served as associate dean for research and strategic initiative previous to her nomination as dean.

“Currently, my research focuses on adolescents engaging in risk-taking behaviors as well as the outcomes of those behaviors,” Youngblade said. “I also focus heavily on systems that can support risk prevention and promote positive youth development.”

Throughout her career at CSU, Youngblade increased the department’s budget from $1.1 million to $6.2 million in order to fund research and improve program quality, according to a SOURCE article from August 2018. Youngblade was also a recipient of the 2018 Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award.

“I’m really looking forward to getting to know and support all the wonderful programs that are in our college across all the multiple units,” Youngblade said.

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