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Search Committee named for provost position

October 3, 2009

Colorado State University will conduct an open, competitive search for a provost - the university's top academic officer who oversees 150 programs of study. President Tony Frank made the announcement Friday and named a search committee.

Tom Gorell, vice president of administrative services, will chair the committee. Committee members include:

Linda Ahuna-Hamill, assistant vice president, Division of Student Affairs
Courtney Butler, chair, Administrative Professional Council
Ernie Chavez, chair, Psychology, College of Natural Sciences
Roselyn Cutler, director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EO Coordinator)
Richard Eykholt, chair, Faculty Council and Professor, College of Natural Sciences
Rich Feller, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences
Patsy Harlan, executive assistant, Senior Vice President for Administrative Services (Search Support)
Sonia Kreidenweis-Dandy, professor, Atmospheric Science, College of Engineering
Jan Leach, University Distinguished Professor, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, College of Agricultural Sciences
Deb Parker, chair, Classified Personnel Council
Lance Perryman, executive dean, cabinet and dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Sanjay Ramchander, associate professor, Finance and Real Estate, College of Business
Matt Strauch, public relations, Associated Students of Colorado State University
Sally Sutton, chair, Geosciences, Warner College of Natural Resources
Irene Vernon, vice provost, special projects and chair, Ethnic Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Critically important leadership position

“This is a critically important leadership position for our university, particularly during these difficult economic times when we need to not only maintain, but improve, academic excellence to ensure the best education possible for our students,” Gorell said.

Rick Miranda, who has most recently served as dean of the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State, has served as interim provost since November 2008.

“There is very strong support for the job Rick has done as interim, and I join those who are very appreciative of those efforts,” Frank said. “That said, there is also a shared sense, perhaps as strongly felt and articulated by Rick as anyone, that our university is best served by open searches.”

Efforts to keep search cost low

The university intends to use electronic advertising and videoteleconferencing to keep search costs down in this time of budgetary restriction.

The Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President provides academic vision and leadership to fulfill the land-grant mission of Colorado State University. The office communicates and facilitates the development of fundamental values basic to the university's mission and administers academic programs and policies.

Specifically, the provost oversees:

  • academic programming and faculty affairs on campus
  • coordinates faculty and staff diversity initiatives
  • new faculty appointments
  • the promotion and tenure process
  • sabbatical leave requests
  • faculty evaluations including annual reviews and post-tenure reviews
  • student appeals
  • commencement