Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance

Susan Szpyrka photo

Susan Szpyrka has been with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs since July 1, 1984.  As the Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Szpyrka oversees the university's $226 million all-funds operating budget as well as the campus' capital funds budget in excess of $150 million. 

The Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance provides executive leadership for the budget management, coordination, integration, and support of various services, programs, management functions and activities at UCCS and participates in the campus-wide enrollment management functions. Ms. Szpyrka supervises the Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance [supervises the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services (Retail services, Recreation Center, Auxiliary Marketing, campus greenhouse), Executive Director of Auxiliary Community & Learning Initiatives (Residential Life and Housing and Family Development Center),  Executive Director of UCCS Presents (University Center, Event/Conference Services, Theatreworks, Galleries of Contemporary Art, Ent Center for the Arts), Executive Director of Student Health Services (Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Health Promotions), and Director of Dining and Food Services], Assistant Vice Chancellor for Finance and Human Resources (budget, accounting, student financial services, human resources, campus policies, and property, spaces and leases); the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration (planning and construction, physical plant, sustainability, auxiliary facility services, mail room, and parking & transportation services); the Executive Director of Public Safety  (campus police, environmental health and safety, emergency management) and the Director of Institutional Research.  Additionally, the NCAA Division II Mountain Lion Intercollegiate Athletic Program reports through the Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance to the Chancellor.

Ms. Szpyrka earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She began her career with the University working as an employee in the UCCS Bookstore. Ms. Szpyrka is the recipient of the 1990 UCCS Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award, the 1992 University of Colorado System Staff Council Service Excellence Award, the 1998 UCCS Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award, the 1999 UCCS Special Chancellor's Award, the 2001 Business for Our Environment Clean Air Campaign Award and in 2006 was named the Outstanding MPA Graduate Student in the Graduate School of Public Affairs. Ms. Szpyrka's service to the University includes election to the position of Staff Council President in 1989, appointment as the campus sexual harassment officer, appointments to numerous search committees, appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee from 2002-2006, and appointment to various academic and facilities strategic planning committees. Ms. Szpyrka has taught in the Freshman Seminar Program and the Sport and Leisure Program and has developed and taught numerous professional development programs.  Prior to her appointment as the Vice Chancellor in 2013, Ms. Szpyrka served as the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff, and Associate Vice Chancellor.

ADDRESS:     1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
LOCATION:     Main Hall, Suite 414C

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Senior Vice Chancellor:

Susan Szpyrka
Main Hall 414C
(719) 255-3710