2014 Corporate Community Ally-Dr. Charlita L. Shelton

Dr. Charlita L. Shelton

President & CEO

University of the Rockies


Dr. Charlita Shelton’s professional experience spans 25 years in higher education.


She spent a number of years working for private universities serving in several capacities including, Director of Academic Affairs, Regional Director of Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Campus Academic Affairs and at one point in her career Dr. Shelton served as an Organizational Diversity Officer.


Since 2008, Dr. Shelton has led the transformation of a small school of Professional Psychology to a premier graduate institution for the social and behavioral sciences. She is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for University of the Rockies. UoR offers master and doctorate degrees in their School of Professional Psychology, the School of Organizational Leadership and the School of Social, Human & Educational Development.


Throughout Dr. Shelton’s career, she has received many accolades. In 2007, she was selected by the Arizona Society of Human Resource Management as “Diversity Champion” for the state of Arizona. In 2010, Dr. Shelton received national recognition as Diversity Champion of the Year, an award that was sponsored by Diversity Business.Com. In addition, Profiles in Diversity Journal has named Dr. Shelton as a WomenWorthWatching®


Dr. Shelton’s expertise lies in the area of diversity communications. Along with other university presidents, Dr. Shelton presented a special session at the American Council on Education annual conference in 2011 for LGBTQ Presidents and has been asked to present two different sessions at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference in 2012 and 2014. Lastly, she has partnered with other academic leaders to establish a group for women in leadership in private sector colleges and universities.


Dr. Shelton holds a bachelor degree in Communications from Western Michigan University, a Master degree in Educational Administration from National University, and a Master, and Doctorate in Philosophy in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.


Dr. Shelton is a vibrant and enthusiastic leader with strong opinions, especially on diversity issues in higher education. Her Influences That Lead To Higher Graduation Rates of African American Males Who Receive Their Undergraduate Degree and Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed research writings have been the topic of articles in many national publications.