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The buffalo statue near Folsom Field on the University of Colorado Boulder campus .
The buffalo statue near Folsom Field on the University of Colorado Boulder campus .

University of Colorado Boulder will likely not have a dean of students until next year as campus leaders review the position and possibly change it before seeking a replacement.

The position has been vacant since previous Dean of Students Sandy Jones abruptly resigned on Sept. 9 after just over a year on the job.

Sandy Jones

The position’s responsibilities are being handled by Division of Student Affairs leadership, said spokeswoman Melanie Parra, including Vice Chancellor Christina Gonzales and two assistant vice chancellors.

An interim was not hired because the position is under review, Parra said.

The dean of students is involved with “leadership, development, and assessment of comprehensive student support services for a diverse student body,” according to a job description provided by Parra. “The position oversees crisis intervention and management; coordinates campuswide prevention and response teams; and oversees complex departments, programs and operations that support the university’s and the division’s strategic plans.”

Jones was the first person to hold the job after the Division of Student Affairs restructured and created a separate dean of students position, which was previously tied to an associate vice chancellor position.

Akirah Bradley served in both roles until the restructuring, when she became an associate vice chancellor of student affairs.

Jones’ resignation was effective Sept. 9, the same day she submitted it to Gonzales. In a statement, CU Boulder said Jones resigned to spend more time with her family, though the reason for her departure was not mentioned in her letter of resignation.

Jones’ letter revealed she dealt with harrowing moments during her tenure, like supporting grieving parents after the loss of a child.

“However, some of the most difficult parts were ones I will cherish most,” Jones wrote.

Jones praised Gonzales’ leadership in the letter and thanked Gonzales for investing in and supporting her.