Dr. Blanche Hughes Biography

Dr. Blanche Hughes received her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, a Master’s of Education degree in Student Affairs and Doctorate degree in Sociology from Colorado State University.  She is currently in her 13th year as the Vice President for Student Affairs at CSU.  In this role, she works with a Division that includes 21 departments that collaborate with other units in the University community to help our students and staff be successful.   Dr. Hughes teaches a first-year undergraduate seminar course, as well as teaching and advising in the Student Affairs in Higher Education graduate program.

She is also a member of the President’s leadership team. Effective October 21, 2019, Blanche accepted the role of Lead Administrator of the Race Bias and Equity Initiative as the request of President Joyce McConnell.

Before becoming Vice President, Blanche spent six years as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, eleven years as the Director of Black Student Services at Colorado State University and also served as a professor of the Sociology Department at Pikes Peak Community College for two years, one of those years as Chair of the Department.

Blanche is married to Wayne Hughes and they have four children (two are alums of CSU) and five grandchildren.