Colorado State University
Presidential Search Advisory Committee

In accordance with C.R.S. § 24-6-402(3.5), the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System has established the Colorado State University Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee is to facilitate a process through which the constituents of Colorado State University and the larger Fort Collins community, as well as Colorado constituents, can provide meaningful input to the Board of Governors in its selection of the next President of Colorado State University. The President is the chief executive officer of the University, reporting to the Chancellor, and is appointed by the Board of Governors of the CSU System. The President is responsible for the academic, administrative, and fiscal matters of the University, and for compliance of all University matters with applicable laws and policies, including state and federal constitutions, laws, and regulations. Moreover, the President serves as the public voice of the University and the symbolic steward of its traditions, principles, values, and mission. Therefore, the Board is seeking candidates of great integrity, experience, vision, and character, who understand and appreciate what an important asset Colorado State University is to the people it serves, as well as its potential to grow, innovate, and advance in performance of this mission.

Through the Search Advisory Committee, the Board of Governors is bringing together a range of representative voices – including strong faculty, student, and community participation – along with other stakeholders.  Accordingly, the Search Advisory Committee includes diverse representatives from the Board of Governors, CSU faculty, student body (graduate and undergraduate), classified staff, administrative staff, deans, athletics, alumni, donors, the colleges, and the community.

The Presidential Search Advisory Committee is charged with seeking input from the broader community through a survey and set of listening sessions; finalizing the formal job description, as well as the deadline for applications; establishing requirements for applicants, selection procedures, and the time frame for reviewing and accepting applications; reviewing all applications and identifying a set of approximately eight candidates for interviews. After identifying and interviewing those applicants, the Search Advisory Committee will recommend up to three qualified candidates for the Board of Governors to consider as the hiring authority.

Accordingly, the Search Advisory Committee has the following duties and goals:

  • Seek broad, inclusive input from Colorado State University’s internal and external stakeholders regarding qualifications, experience, and leadership characteristics desired in potential candidates;
  • Provide input to the search firm selected by the Board of Governors in the development of a candidate profile and leadership statement to be used in a national search that results in a highly qualified, competitive, and diverse candidate pool;
  • Ensure the search firm conducts deliberate outreach to candidates of diverse perspective, experiences, and backgrounds for the presidency.
  • Conduct the process of soliciting and evaluating applications as described above, including finalizing the job description; reviewing all applications; and designing and conducting an interview and evaluation process that concludes with the recommendation of qualified candidates for the Board’s consideration;
  • Consider all recommended applicants in an unbiased and objective fashion and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws;
  • Maintain appropriate communication standards regarding the search and the candidates;
  • Participate actively in the search process, including attending meetings and performing all duties of a Search Advisory Committee member;
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the applicants and their materials, as required by law, and as set forth in the Confidentiality Statement;
  • Recommend (unranked) a group of qualified candidates to be considered by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will make the final selection, including the naming of any finalist or finalists, in consultation with the Chancellor.

The Search Advisory Committee members shall agree to abide by the laws of the State of Colorado in the performance of their duties.