In January 2011, Dr. Frank D. Sanchez was appointed as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the City University of New York (CUNY). Today, CUNY is the largest urban, public university in America serving over 500,000 students across 24 institutions. For over 20 years Dr. Frank D. Sanchez has worked to advance campus student services, programs and policies aimed at increasing student success and degree completion. From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Sanchez was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and chief student affairs officer at the University of Colorado Denver. During his tenure Dr. Sanchez led the establishment of several new student services, consolidated all centralized student services at the Downtown Denver and Anschutz Medical Center campuses and secured a number of Federal and State grants in excess of $6 million for pre-collegiate and community college partnerships. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Sanchez was the Vice President of Student Affairs at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado. There he led significant increases in student enrollments and retention rates by reengineering admission and registration practices, establishing curricular-based learning communities and creating student-led campus traditions. In addition to over 10 years as a chief student affairs officer, Dr. Sanchez has also directly managed housing and residence life systems, multicultural affairs operations, disability services and academic success curriculum and resources.
Dr. Sanchez has presented at numerous national conferences and consulted on an assortment of content areas including student recruitment, retention, policy, evidence-based practice and diversity with a devoted emphasis on serving low income and first-generation students. In 2012, Dr. Sanchez joined the New York Needs You advisory board and in 2011 was selected to serve on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Board as well as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Northeast Advisory Board. In 2008, Dr. Sanchez was appointed to the Governor’s P-20 Education Council in Colorado and assisted with legislative recommendations aimed at increasing college degrees and certificates while also reducing the high school drop-out rate. In 2007, Dr. Sanchez was selected to the National Association of State and University Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) National Taskforce on the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). In 2000, he presented at the Oxford Round Table Discussions in Oxford, England and, in 1999, received the Trustee Award of Merit from the University of Wyoming for his work with the Matthew Shepard crisis. Later that year Dr. Sanchez received the Association for Colleges and Universities Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) Robert P. Cooke Article of the Year Award for his work entitled, Teaching and Learning in Social Contexts: Theory for Tomorrow’s Residential Practice.
Dr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with minors in Communication and Chicano Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Learning, Cognition and Instruction from Indiana University-Bloomington.