Search for the 16th President of Colorado State University

About the Search

The Colorado State University System Board of Governors is launching a national search for the next President of CSU. To ensure a successful search for a visionary and accomplished leader who can harness and strengthen the remarkable momentum of this leading national public research University, the Board of Governors has established a Presidential Search Committee and has selected a premier national search firm to help identify the next leader for Colorado State University.

Share Your Opinions

To understand what qualities people hope to see in the next president, the CSU System launched a survey (based on a similar survey developed and used at MIT) that has been widely distributed to students, staff, faculty, alumni, donors, and elected officials.

The survey is open to the public. Take the survey.

Survey responses will be accepted until August 15, 2022.

Presidential Search Committee

The 29-member Presidential Search Committee will conduct listening sessions and provide input on the development of a job description that will be used in a national search that results in a qualified and diverse candidate pool. The committee will identify and interview a set of candidates and then recommend qualified candidates for consideration by the Board of Governors, which is the hiring authority.

Members of the Search Committee include:

  • Armando Valdez, Board of Governors; Committee Chair
  • Brett Anderson, alumni/donor; administrative professional
  • Dr. Olivia Arnold, Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences; non-tenure-track faculty
  • Polly Baca, Board of Governors
  • Stacey Baumgarn, CSU Facilities; state classified staff
  • Dr. Albert Bimper, professor of Ethnic Studies; Athletics administrator and alumnus; associate vice provost and associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts; interim chief of staff
  • Don Brown, former Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture; alumni/donor
  • Carla Dore, Workplace Resource; alumni/donor
  • Dr. Nate Easley, Board of Governors
  • Paula Edwards, alumni/donor
  • John Fischer, Board of Governors
  • Bill Hammerich, Colorado Livestock Association
  • Dr. Sonia Kreidenweis, Atmospheric Science; University Distinguished Professor; and Interim Dean of the Graduate School
  • Faith Largo, Natural Sciences/Biology; student
  • Rob Long, Finance and Real Estate/Business Administration; student and ASCSU representative to the Board of Governors
  • Betsy Markey, Board of Governors
  • Todd Marksberry, CEO, Canvas Credit Union; donor/corporate partner
  • Dr. John Moore, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability; faculty
  • Dr. Andrew Norton, Agricultural Biology; faculty representative to the Board of Governors
  • Erik Olson, alumni/donor
  • Sarah Olson, Administrative Professional Council
  • Kathay Rennels, Interim VP for Engagement and Extension
  • Jimena Sagàs, University Libraries; faculty
  • Ivan Caro Terrazas, graduate student in Physics
  • Toni-Lee Viney, Mechanical Engineering; administrative-professional
  • Dr. Diana Wall, School of Global Environmental Sustainability; University Distinguished Professor; faculty
  • Dr. Lise Youngblade, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Marcus Zacarias, Political Science; student
  • Alisha Zmuda, Classified Personnel Council

Search Firm

The Parker Executive Search firm, which has conducted more than 2,000 senior-level searches over the past 30 years, will assist with the national search. Parker Executive Search is a top global executive search firm. It has a national and international client base that includes leading colleges and universities, top intercollegiate and professional sports programs, Fortune 1000 corporations, nationally recognized academic health sciences centers, and hospitals/health systems.

About Colorado State University​

Colorado State University is one of the nation’s top public research universities and an institution on the rise. In the last decade, CSU has produced record enrollment, built on all-time highs in student diversity and student success; record fundraising far outpacing ambitious goals; groundbreaking research driven by a highly productive faculty; a campus revitalized by a transformational building campaign; and, perhaps most important, an unrivaled learning environment where nine of 10 recent graduates say they would choose CSU again and rate their education as excellent.

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