Correction: This story provided incorrect information on the time the Dean of Students position has been held by an interim in its original report. That information has been corrected.
The University of Colorado on Monday wrapped up a series of forums designed to allow students, faculty and staff to evaluate four final candidates being considered for the Boulder campus' dean of students position -- yet the sessions drew a grand total of two undergraduates, according to a student government representative.
CU has held such forums for students and campus employees for several years, said Deb Coffin, vice chancellor of student affairs.
The finalists for the position are Pamela Anthony, assistant dean of students at Georgia State University; Christina Gonzales, associate dean of students at the University of California, Berkeley; Terry Mena, associate dean of students at Florida Atlantic University; and Michael Russel, executive director for student affairs at Texas Christian University.
The post is expected to be filled by July 1.
Zeke Johnson, a newly elected representative-at-large for the CU Student Government, was the only student at Monday's open forum with the final candidate, Russel. Johnson said he attended three of the last four meetings with candidates, and he was the only undergraduate student at any of them; another student leader attended the other meeting.
One forum also drew two graduate students.
"I think the turnout is partly due to the poor dissemination of the information," Johnson said. "This school also has a lot of apathy and that's shown here in the lack of interest."
The dean of students position was previously held by Coffin until she was hired as vice chancellor for student affairs. The position has been held by an interim since Coffin changed jobs in July.
Coffin said students should have more interest in the candidates because the new dean could have a large impact on the their experience at CU.
"Being an advocate for the students is their (the dean's) no. 1 responsibility," Coffin said.
Coffin said crisis management and developing personal relationships with students is another primary responsibility of the job.
According to the job description, the dean of students is responsible for the leadership, development and assessment of "student life support services for a diverse student body."
Johnson asked the candidates about their thoughts on 4/20, diversity on campus and safety, specifically in terms of biased-motivated crimes. Johnson said CU student leaders will make a recommendation to Coffin after reviewing the candidates and their answers to his questions.