Vacha-Haase served as associate dean at Colorado State University for the past three years. Prior to that, she directed the Aging Clinic of the Rockies at Colorado State and was a professor for the Department of Psychology. Vacha-Haase said she is excited to build on the success of the Graduate College at Boise State.
“I look forward to being an advocate for graduate students and faculty,” she said. “Together we will continue to provide outstanding opportunities for learning, teaching and research.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Martin Schimpf said he’s delighted to have Vacha-Haase on board.
“She brings a wealth of experience from a Carnegie I research institution that will help take graduate education at Boise State University to new levels of excellence,” Schimpf said.
Vacha-Haase earned a doctor of philosophy from Texas A&M in 1995, a master of counseling from Arizona State University in 1992 and a bachelor of science in psychology from Arizona State in 1988. At Colorado State, Vacha-Haase said she has spent the past three years focused on program development and implementation across a wide variety of graduate programs.
Dr. Jack Pelton, the previous dean of Boise State’s Graduate College, stepped down after 15 years of service as dean to return to teaching in the Department of Geosciences.