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Student Life's executive team provides administrative, strategic and organizational leadership for the division.


Budget and Planning
Religious and Spiritual Life


Dr. Patricia S. Helton is the Associate Provost for Student Life at the University of Denver, a position she has held since 2003. As the current Senior Student Affairs Officer she provides leadership and oversight for Student Life and a staff of 130 full and part time professional and graduate student staff in the functional areas of: Academic Advising/Discoveries Orientation, Disability Services, the Learning Effectiveness Program, the Driscoll Student Center, Parent and Family Relations, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Student Outreach and Support, Career Services, the Health and Counseling Center, Housing and Residential Education, Religious and Spiritual Life, Budget, Planning and Communications.

Dr. Helton also serves as a senior adjunct faculty member in the Morgridge College of Education’s Higher Education program and has taught courses in Student Affairs Administration, Leadership and Supervision and College Student Development Theory. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and is a Colorado Association of College Personnel Administrators (CPAC) recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Service to Higher Education Award. Her research interests are in the areas of student identity and development, diversity and multiculturalism, administration and governance.

Dr. Helton holds a Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Research and Social Foundations from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. from Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) and a B.S. from Oklahoma City University. 

  • Niki Latino

    Niki Latino, Ph.D.

    Executive Director
    Academic Resources

    Academic Advising
    Discoveries Orientation
    Disability Services
    Learning Effectiveness Program

    Dr. Niki Latino is the Executive Director of Academic Resources (i.e., Academic Advising, Discoveries Orientation, Disability Services Program, and the Learning Effectiveness Program) at the University of Denver. She earned her doctorate in teaching and learning in higher education with a cognate in Diversity from the University of Denver in 2010. Her dissertation is entitled Unmasking Whiteness: A Framework for Understanding Inclusive Leadership at a PWI. Her research focus is on inclusive leadership with critical race theory and inclusive excellence embedded throughout.Dr. Latino also earned her Master’s Degree in College Student Development from the University of Denver in 2003.

    Her passion is creating inclusive learning environments and equitable access to learning for all students. She also intentionally works in collaboration with colleagues to create seamless partnerships between faculty and staff educators. Her chapter Leadership at the intersection: A developmental framework for inclusive leaders in the upcoming handbook Campus intersections: A diversity and inclusion handbook for individuals and institutions in higher education is due out at the end of fall 2015. She was invited to write this chapter from the Associate Provost of Inclusion and Professor of Communications at Elon University based on her dissertation research.

  • Carl Johnson

    Carl Johnson

    Executive Director
    Campus Life

    Driscoll Student Center
    Parent and Family Relations
    Student Activities
    Student Conduct
    Learning Outreach and Support
  • Sue Hinkin

    Sue Hinkin

    Executive Director
    Career Services

    Career Center
    Employer Relations

    Sue Hinkin is the Executive Director of Career Services at the University of Denver. She has worked in career services at a variety of institutions of higher education including Michigan State University, Savannah College of Art and Design and DeVry University where she was National Director of Career Services.

    Hinkin earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. A graduate of the American Film Institute in Cinematography, she also had a career in the entertainment industry working in television production for NBC, Burbank. A backdrop from the TV show, Seinfeld, is one of the favorite things she has hanging in her office.

  • Alan Kent

    Alan Kent, Ph.D.

    Executive Director
    Health & Counseling Center

    Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment
    Health Promotions

    PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, DePaul University, 1984

    Professional Interests:
    College student mental health, LGBT issues, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, health psychology

    Professional Experience: Former positions: Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness, University of South Florida; Director of Counseling and Career Services, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Patrick Call

    Patrick "PC" Call

    Executive Director
    Housing & Residential Education


    Patrick "PC" Call is the Executive Director for Housing and Residential Education at the University of Denver. PC has over 26 years of housing and residence life experience. He began his housing career as an RA in 1987 and he has served at all levels of student housing and residential education throughout his career. He served as the Executive Director of Residence Life, Dining Services and the Wyoming Union at the University of Wyoming from 2011-2015. Prior to that he was the Director of Residence Life and Student Housing at the University of New Mexico (2009-2011) and the Director of Residential Education at the University of Arizona (1996-2009). Personally, PC is fan of theatre, movies and is a major sports fans who roots primarily for the Cleveland and Arizona