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Dean, School of Business and Industry

Lesley Travers
BU 103A / CS 117
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601

B.A., Psychology, University of Montana in Missoula
M.S., Counseling, University of Wyoming/Casper College Center
Ph.D., Counseling with emphasis on Higher Education, University of Wyoming

  • Biography
  • Responsibilities
  • Personal

I was born in Lander, Wyoming and graduated from Lander Valley High School. Upon graduation I attended college at the University of Montana where I majored in Psychology and minored in Native American Studies. I worked with rhesus monkeys for four years and upon leaving UM, I began working in the counseling field, first with adolescents and later working with the elderly, minorities, and persons with addictions. In 1987, I began working as the director of various non-profit and for profit businesses, and returned to graduate school to obtain my Masters in Counseling and upon complete of my masters decided to obtain my Ph.D. in Counseling. Since 1993, I have mediated for a number of private and public organizations. I have provided mediation for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service mediating some of the most controversial issues addressed in the western states. My mediation expertise has been used in the Wyoming wolf re-introduction and de-listing hearings with large numbers of ranchers, farmers and environmentalists; the Wyoming grizzly re-introduction and de-listing hearings with large numbers of ranchers, farmers and environmentalists; and most recently the re-introduction of the Canadian Lynx in Wyoming. I began teaching at Casper College as an adjunct in Psychology in 1999 in addition to starting my own private practice offering individual, marriage and family and addictions counseling/assessment. This provided me the opportunity to “practice what I taught.” I began teaching fulltime for Casper College in 2002 was the head of the addictionology department until beginning my responsibilities as dean of the School of Business and Industry in July 2009.

On a statewide level, I am a third-term member of the Mental Professions Licensing Board, a governor appointed position in which I represent the Licensed Addictions Therapists in the State of Wyoming. I am also the current president-elect of Wyoming Counseling Association and past-president and secretary of the same organization. On a cultural note, I began teaching cooking classes and providing private chef work for Cost Plus in Casper about four years ago, teaching ethnic cooking and various other types of cooking.

Professional Memberships

Wyoming Counseling Association, president-elect 2008.
Wyoming Counseling Association, past-president 2003-2004.
Wyoming Counseling Association, president-elect 2001- 2003.
Wyoming Counseling Association, secretary 1999 – 2000.
Wyoming Counseling Association, member 1997 – present.
American Counseling Association, member, 1996 – present.
International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, 2001-present
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honorary, 1999- present.
Chi Sigma Iota Mu Nu Tau Counseling Honorary, Laramie, WY, a founding member and president, 1999.

I love Casper College, its history, prestige and academic opportunities. I am so honored and happy to be at a place that I love to work at! How great is that?

As a dean, I value academic collaboration, student achievement, and enjoy the challenges of leading the School of Business and Industry at Casper College. I supervise full-time faculty, staff and adjunct faculty in their respective academic area. I provide leadership for faculty and staff and for all students supporting our strong tradition of academic excellence. I try to promote and model innovative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial solutions of a busy multi-disciplinary school. Within the school, I support curriculum and assessment activities, diverse learning styles and delivery mechanisms that include online classes. With faculty and administrative guidance, I research, plan and make decisions regarding continuing and/or modification of existing programs and services and the need for developing new programs and services. I provide effective financial planning and budget management of the School of Business and Industry. I serve on and am an active team member on related committees and task forces for Business and Industry and maintain effective interpersonal and institutional relationships with internal and external constituencies of the college.

I have been called a “renaissance women.” I am a chef and cooking instructor for Cost Plus Appliances and am currently working on a cookbook. I am Licensed Addictions Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I am a member of the Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board representing the addictions members. I am currently vice president and past president of the Wyoming Counseling Association. I enjoy playing with welding equipment, pots and pans and horses. In my spare time, I quilt, converse with my Amazon parrot, Jade, and grow orchids and vegetables. I began taking accordion lessons in the summer of 2008 and also play the djembe. My husband, John, and I have four adult children and five grandchildren. We live on a ranch/farm in rural Casper and grow hay.

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