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Frank named 14th president of CSU

Updated at 8:45 a.m., June 25, 2009

Dr. Tony Frank, a 16-year veteran of Colorado State University and interim president since November, has been officially named permanent president of CSU by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

The appointment is effective July 1.

Admired, trusted, and respected

“Tony has an incredible reputation on campus and around the state. He is universally admired, trusted and respected by the faculty, staff and students. He is a great communicator and maintains an openness that is valued by the community and elected officials,” said Joe Blake, newly appointed chancellor of the CSU System. “Tony will do a terrific job leading and representing the university.”

In accepting the appointment, Frank said: “I’m deeply honored by the confidence shown in me by the Board and the CSU community, and I am grateful for this opportunity to serve the faculty, staff, and students of Colorado State.”

Joined Colorado State in 1993

Before being named interim president, Frank previously served four years in the university’s top academic post as provost and senior vice president. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Wartburg College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in pathology and toxicology at Purdue University. He served on the faculty at Oregon State University before joining Colorado State in 1993, where he served as chairman of the Department of Pathology and associate dean for research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Frank was appointed vice president for Research and Information Technology at Colorado State in 2000. He was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President in July 2004 and Provost in 2005. As provost, he led the Division of Academic Affairs and served as CSU's chief academic officer. The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System tapped him to serve as Interim President in November.

Outstanding teacher, researcher, and author

He has served on several federal panels including appointment by the U.S. Department of Commerce to the Deemed Export Advisory Council. He also has served on the editorial board of Toxicologic Pathology and as a member of the Colorado Climate Action Panel. He was awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award at both Colorado State and Oregon State University. Frank's research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.

Frank has said his commitment to the mission of the land-grant university was shaped by his own experiences growing up on a farm in rural Illinois, where he participated in programs like 4-H, which CSU oversees in Colorado.

“We’re here to do whatever we can as an institution to contribute to the benefit of the society in which we are so fortunate to live and raise our families,” Frank said. 

More information about Frank and the president’s office at Colorado State.