Joshua Fry was born in Colorado Springs but moved away as a child after his parents divorced. Growing up, Fry loved spending time in Colorado Springs, visiting his father.
So when the 28-year-old graduated from high school in Eads, he moved back to Colorado Springs, where he received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree. He earned his doctorate in management with a concentration in organizational development and change. He finished both the master’s and doctoral degrees earlier than most students — thanks in no small part to his dedication to his career goals.
“Hard work and helping others are two of the greatest characteristics you can have if you want to succeed at anything,” he said. “The key to improvement in life and work is education.”
Two of his degrees — the bachelor’s and doctoral degrees — are from the school where he now works, Colorado Technical University. He earned his master’s degree from UCCS.
All the effort at CTU didn’t go unnoticed. He was nominated by Beth Braaten, vice president of admissions at the university.
“I have seen firsthand that he is a dynamic leader,” she said. “He demonstrates the kind of leadership we desire as he serves our student body very directly. Dr. Fry is truly service-driven and continuously looks for ways to improve.”
After years of study, Fry now heads up the student success office, after working as the university registrar and associate registrar.
“I am the manager of student success,” he said. “Our coaches are the equivalent of academic advisers — we oversee, advise and guide students, providing them support, whatever they need, in any way we can.”
He’s worked at CTU for 10 years, starting with a work-study job in the registrar’s office at 18. He eventually became the school’s graduation coordinator and then the school’s registrar at 24.
When he’s not racing up the career ladder, he spends time with his family.
“I’ve been married about seven years,” he said. “And we have a 12-year-old and a 5-year-old.”
Work, family and volunteering take up much of his time. He volunteers as one of the evaluators for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s annual Excellence Award. He also is a member of Colorado Springs Rising Professionals and a volunteer at Leadership Pikes Peak. He is on the board of directors for Colorado Springs Teen Court and in 2012 was an action researcher at Pikes Peak Community College.
Fry said two principles dictate success: Know yourself so you can understand others, and communication makes all the difference.
— Amy Gillentine Sweet