Chancellor Emerita Pam Shockley-Zalabak

UCCS faculty and staff welcomed the largest number of new students at this year’s Mountain Lion Rally/Convocation.

Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak: Committed to Student Success

“We have always been – and will continue to be – a university focused first and foremost on our students, and on the delivery to them of educational quality, excellence and opportunity.”
- Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Ph.D.

Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak is the 10th leader in University of Colorado Colorado Springs’ 50-year history. Known as a tireless champion of improving student success and opportunities, Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak is a collaborator, visionary leader and innovator.

Since 2001, Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak has guided the University of Colorado Colorado Springs through unprecedented growth. Under her leadership, UCCS has been transformed from a small commuter-based campus of approximately 6,500 students to a full-fledged collegiate hub with enrollment approaching a record 12,000 undergraduate, graduate and online students. UCCS offers 45 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees, featuring such innovative programming as bachelor’s degrees in Innovation, Inclusive Elementary Education and Exercise Science.

The campus offers full-service residence halls, an active university center, a LEED-certified recreation and wellness center, a state-of-the-art library and a new veterans and military student center. Thanks to collaborations with key community organizations forged by Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak, the campus is building the $70 million Ent Center for the Arts and is a key player in the creation of the new National Cybersecurity Center.

Today, UCCS is a top-ranked university by U.S. News and World Report.

In 2012, Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak led a comprehensive strategic planning effort involving thousands of UCCS stakeholders and more than a year of work and study. In April 2016, a mid-point update to the UCCS 2012-2020 Strategic Plan received unanimous approval from the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Through the strength of this plan and with the continued leadership of Chancellor Shockley-Zalabak, UCCS is poised to reach even more students and broaden its community impact.