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Dr. Anthony A. Frank Biography

June 24, 2009

Dr. Anthony A. Frank became the 14th President of Colorado State University on June 24, 2009. He had served as Interim President of CSU since November 2008, after having served the University for more than 16 years including four years as Provost and Senior Vice President.

Childhood on farm in rural Illinois

His commitment to the mission of the land-grant university was shaped by his own experiences growing up on a farm in rural Illinois, and later by his experience as a student, faculty member, and researcher.

Today, he's proud to work closely with CSU's distinguished faculty, staff, students, and alumni to advance Colorado State, a major research university with a particular emphasis on involving students in research, scholarship, and hands-on, service-oriented learning.

Veterinarian with a Ph.D.

Dr. Frank 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.

Dr. Frank was appointed Vice President for Research and Information Technology at Colorado State in 2000, a role he held for five years and in which he was responsible for the network and data systems of the university and for oversight of the more than $300 million in research activity that occurs annually at Colorado State. He was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President in July 2004 and was responsible in this role for coordination of the academic core of the university.

Extensive experience as an administrator at Colorado State

In 2005, he also assumed the title of Provost, leading the Division of Academic Affairs and serving as CSU's chief academic officer. Dr. Frank was named Senior Executive Vice President in 2008, and the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System tapped him to serve as Interim President later the same year.

He has been active in service and professional organizations throughout his career. 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. Dr. Frank's research interests have included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.

He and his wife, Dr. Patti Helper, have three daughters.

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