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CSU Board names Tony Frank finalist for president

May 26, 2009

In a public meeting Tuesday, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors, including student and faculty board representatives, met to discuss several matters regarding the chancellor position, filling a vacated board seat and the permanent position of president for the Fort Collins campus.

Strong support for Dr. Frank 

The board discussed the CSU Fort Collins president position, which Dr. Tony Frank (pictured at right) has filled as interim since November 2008. At the start of the meeting during public comment, Jamie Roles III, a CSU alumnus, former CSU Fort Collins Alumni Association president, and active member of the Colorado State community voiced strong support of Frank as president.

Members of the board publicly discussed whether a national search is warranted, since there has been such steady and strong support from the campus and wider community to name Frank as the permanent president. Several campus and constituent groups voiced their support of naming Frank CSU’s president during recent public forums held by the board on the Fort Collins campus.

Due to overwhelming support for Frank and the cost of a national search, the board voted against launching a national search.

Frank named sole finalist 

The board decided to begin public discussions with Frank about the president position. In Tuesday’s meeting, the board asked Frank to publicly share his experience as interim and his goals for the Fort Collins campus.

After a lengthy public session interview, the board decided to name Frank the finalist for consideration as the president of CSU Fort Collins. The board will hold public meetings with Frank around the state. The board plans to officially appoint Frank at the board’s June meeting.

Blake BOG resignation accepted

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Joe Blake (pictured below) from the board effective immediately. Blake had recused himself from board matters on May 5, 2009, when he was recommended by the search committee as one of two candidates. Blake was named finalist for CSU System chancellor.

Alumnus John Ikard appointed to Blake's vacant BOG seat

Due to Blake’s resignation, the board has the statutory authority to appoint a replacement to complete the remaining term of a vacated seat. Board Chair Douglas L. Jones asked the members of the board to consider John Ikard, president of FirstBank Holding Co, to fill the Blake’s seat. Ikard is a CSU Fort Collins alumnus, former president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and was a member on the chancellor search committee.

The board heard comments from Ikard about why he wanted to serve on the board. Following discussion, the board voted and approved his appointment to serve the remaining term, which ends Dec. 31, 2010. His appointment is effective immediately.

Public opinion and questions addressed

Following Ikard’s appointment, the board publicly addressed opinions and questions regarding the board’s search process for a new chancellor.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinions and we respect that, but it is important to remember the steps the board took to ensure the process leading up to and through the five-month search was open and that as many voices from constituent groups had the opportunity to be heard,” Jones said.

Jones reiterated the steps the board took, including hosting a series of open stakeholder input meetings around the state; posting public notices for every search committee meeting where the public was welcome and accepting more than two dozen applications reviewed by the committee. He also noted that the search committee unanimously supported forwarding two candidates for the board’s consideration.

Board believes it took right steps

“The board believes it took the right steps to foster an open and inclusive process. Today, we hope to take it a step further. We appreciate and uphold the work of the search committee and we strongly believe there is no need to redo the search,” said Jones.

Jones subsequently asked the board to reopen the public discussion relative to the selection of a finalist.

“Despite the efforts by the board to ensure an open and inclusive process, there remains a public perception that the board’s efforts were not enough,” said Jones. “For this reason I want to reopen the discussion relative to the selection of a finalist for the chancellor position.”

Board members publicly express opinions

At Tuesday’s meeting, Jones encouraged the board to engage in a full and open dialogue, state opinions and views regarding the search, the search process and finalist. He told the board members that this was also an opportunity for the full board to publicly share their reasons for consideration of Blake as a finalist.

Board members took this opportunity to publicly express their opinions about the search, search process and the naming of Blake as the finalist.

Blake remains finalist for chancellor appointment

Blake’s appointment will be finalized at the board’s June meeting. Until then, Blake remains a finalist. Blake will visit the Fort Collins campus and community later this week to continue meeting with students, faculty, staff and community leaders.


Contact: Michele McKinney
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