Youngblade named new dean of Health and Human Sciences

FORT COLLINS — Lise Youngblade, head of Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Lise Youngblade has been named the new dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU. Courtesy CSU.

Beginning Aug. 5, Youngblade will succeed Jeff McCubbin, who announced at the beginning of the fall semester that he would step down after this academic year.

“I’m delighted that one of our longstanding campus leaders will be taking up the dean’s position in CHHS,” said provost and executive vice president Rick Miranda when making the announcement. “Dr. Youngblade has done an incredible job at the helm of Human Development and Family Studies, lifting that department’s research reputation and developing valuable and attractive programs for thousands of students. She will bring all those talents to her new role as dean, and I look forward to working closely with her in the coming years.”

Youngblade was chosen from among several highly qualified candidates who were considered during a national search. College of Business Dean Beth Walker chaired the search committee.

In addition to serving as department head since 2006, Youngblade served as the associate dean for research for the college from 2013 to 2015. Since 2015, a portion of her time has also been devoted to the role of associate dean for strategic initiatives in the college. In addition, she serves as interim director of the Columbine Health Systems Center for Healthy Aging.

“I am so honored to be selected as the next dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences,” Youngblade said. “The college is well-poised for the future, and I am very grateful to Dean McCubbin for his inspirational leadership over the past eight years, and for the many ways that he has supported growth in all parts of our mission.”

Last year, Youngblade received the 2018 Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes faculty for continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement. She was nominated for the award by several of her fellow department heads in the college.

“Our college is at the forefront of education, discovery and engagement in optimizing the health, well-being and positive development of people and communities,” Youngblade said. “I could not be more excited about this opportunity to work with our outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. Together, we can strategically and inclusively envision and achieve our next academic, research and community engagement milestones.”

In her time at CSU, her department’s budget has increased from $2 million to $8 million. Annual research spending in the unit has risen from $500,000 in 2007 to about $3 million, and the number of tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty positions has significantly increased on her watch.

She worked with the department to nearly double undergraduate enrollment, and HDFS is currently the fourth-largest major on campus.

Youngblade was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but raised in Portland, Ore. She is a first-generation college student.

 

FORT COLLINS — Lise Youngblade, head of Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Lise Youngblade has been named the new dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU. Courtesy CSU.

Beginning Aug. 5, Youngblade will succeed Jeff McCubbin, who announced at the beginning of the fall semester that he would step down after this academic year.

“I’m delighted that one of our longstanding campus leaders will be taking up the dean’s position in CHHS,” said provost and executive vice president Rick Miranda when making the announcement. “Dr. Youngblade has done an incredible job at the helm of Human Development and Family Studies, lifting that department’s research reputation and developing valuable and attractive programs for thousands of students. She will bring all those talents to her new role as dean, and I look forward to working closely with her in the coming years.”

Youngblade was chosen from among several highly qualified candidates who were considered during a national search. College of Business Dean Beth Walker chaired the search committee.

In addition to serving as department head since 2006, Youngblade served as the associate dean for research for the college from 2013 to 2015. Since 2015, a portion of her time has also been devoted to the role of associate dean for strategic initiatives in the college. In addition, she serves as…