Community Search
Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Register
Senior Housing Officer Institute Faculty
Share |

2016 SHO Session Topics & Faculty

Paula Bland

University of Colorado

My name is Paula Bland and I am the Director of Residence Life at the University of Colorado Boulder.  I have been at CU Boulder for 26 years and held many different residence life related positions.  I also have a long history working with IACURH and NACURH, Inc. as the regional advisor and also the NACURH Conference Resource Consultant from 2004-2009.  I grew up in Oklahoma and my alma mater is Oklahoma State University.  My bachelor’s degree is in Marketing and my master’s degree is in College Student Personnel.  I love living in Colorado and feel very fortunate to work with all the wonderful students, faculty and staff at CU Boulder. 

I have also been a part of the AIMHO organization in a variety of ways.  I have served on several committees over the years such as the Program Committee and the Awards and Recognition Committee.  I’m the newest member to the AIMHO SHO Committee and I have attended SHO twice as a participant.  I’m very excited to also serve as a faculty member for the SHO.  I personally have found the SHO experience to be so helpful in developing relationships with other AIMHO members and sharing information and resources that we need in our work.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone this year in Boulder, Colorado! 



Matthew S. Brown, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

I am currently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Contract at Arizona State University.  I oversee all facility management and capital projects for student services and manage the campus dining contract.  Prior to this, I served as the Executive Director of Housing at Arizona State as well as the Director of Housing and Residential Life at Oklahoma State University.  I have also held positions at Kansas State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Kentucky University.  I have served on a number of committees in UMR ACUHO, SWACUHO, SEAHO and now AIMHO and have been active in both NASPA and ACPA.  I have a BSEd in Social Science at Pittsburg State University, a MS in Counseling and Student Development from Oklahoma State and earned my Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University. 

I’m excited to serve as a faculty member for the SHO Institute.  While student development will always be my primary passion, I have significant experience with capital projects, public-private partnerships, facility management, and higher education finance.  I was fortunate to teach Effective Leadership in Student Services at Oklahoma State for many years, so I also have extensive knowledge of leadership theory and organizational management. Success in the Senior Housing Officer role requires a broad range of skills and expertise. I look forward to connecting with you, and am committed to helping you prepare for the SHO opportunities that lie ahead.



Christopher Ralphs

Southern Utah University

Christopher Ralphs is the Director of Housing & Residential Education at Southern Utah University. Chris has worked at Utah State University as an Area Coordinator where he earned his undergraduate degree in illustration and master’s degree in education. Chris has served as the Program Committee Chair, Executive Board Member at Large and as the AIMHO President. When he isn’t spending his time speaking about himself in the third person, he likes to converse with fellow myrmecologists about his ant colony’s eusocialistic tendencies and cry over Hallmark commercials.  Chris is honored to be able to serve as a member of the SHO faculty this year. He continues to look for ways to serve in the AIMHO region and to give back to individuals who are committed to the profession and their personal development.


Brad Shade

University of Northern Colorado

Brad is currently serving as the Director of Housing Services at the University of Northern Colorado. He has served in various capacities at UNC.  He previously worked at two other institutions of higher education as Director of Residence Life and Associate Dean of Students and brought two new institutions into the AIMHO Region who had not previously been active participants. He had an opportunity to return to UNC in January 2000 and has served in several roles leading to his present position. He has administrative and budgetary responsibilities for UNC Housing’s 1.25M SF of facilities, managing 3,700 student beds and a budget of over $18M.


Brad has been an active participant in the AIMHO Region for 25 years, serving in a multitude of capacities. Over the past decade the SHO Institute has become a passion for him. The environment in which colleagues can share and learn to become stronger leaders for their campus is an invaluable aspect that naturally emanates from the institute. The SHO Institute packs a punch and allows tremendous individual growth opportunities for any aspiring SHO.


On a personal note, Brad is also the proud father of two boys, Grant (17) & Hayden (20) who keep him very busy with College, High School & church activities as well as some camping, fishing, NASCAR & basketball. Hayden is a sophomore at UNC and yes, he is living on campus again!  Grant is a Senior in High School and Brad is recruiting him to become a Bear as well.  Brad has been married for more than 26 years to Shawna, who he met while in High School and married after working together for 4 years in housing.

more Calendar

6/1/2017 » 10/13/2017
AIMHO Executive Position Nominations are Now Open!

Webinar - Space Jam: Influencing and Leveraging Residence Hall Ecology

Featured Members

Online Surveys
Membership Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal