Most of the news this month pertains to changes in leadership at the
University. As the College is strategically connected to so many other
parts of the University, it's important to be aware of these changes and
the potential for new opportunities they offer to the College.
Most importantly, a new president has been selected to replace Dr.
Albert Yates who will be retiring as of June 30, 2003. The Board of
Governors of the Colorado State University System announced that Dr.
Larry Penley will become Colorado State's 13th President and Chancellor
of the University System. Dr. Penley, Dean of the W.P. Carey School
of Business at Arizona State since 1991, has been on the faculty of
ASU's business school since 1985, when he joined the university as
Chair of the Management Department. Dr. Penley received his doctorate
in management from the University of Georgia and his bachelor's degree
in psychology and his master's degree in communication from Wake Forest
University. Following graduate school, Dr. Penley joined the faculty
of the University of San Antonio as Assistant Professor of Management
and served as Associate Dean of the College of Business and Associate
Professor of Management at that institution.
Dr. Marc Johnson was named as the new Vice Provost of Agriculture
and Outreach, and the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Dr. Johnson will join CSU on Aug. 1, overseeing faculty and educational
programs within the College of Agricultural Sciences. He also will
lead the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Agricultural
Experiment Station, and Colorado State Forest Service. Dr. Johnson
is committed to working with other academic leaders within the University
to integrate agricultural elements into an array of programs. Dr.
Johnson comes to CSU from Kansas State where he most recently served
as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Kansas Agricultural
Experiment Station and Kansas Cooperative Extension Services.
Colorado State University System officials announced that Don Hamstra
of Brighton will serve as President and Jeff Shoemaker of Denver will
serve as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the University
System. The Board of Governors is the oversight organization that
approves and guides the Colorado State University System in matters
including capital improvement projects, long-term planning, university
operations, major changes in academic programs, and more. Mr. Hamstra
is former mayor of Brighton, has served as Vice President of the Board,
and is a health care administrator for the Brighton Medical Group
and a certified public accountant. Mr. Shoemaker, a former state legislator,
is the Executive Director of the Greenway Foundation of Denver.
In August, the University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo will be
renamed Colorado State University - Pueblo. This change signifies
the further unification of the Colorado State University System as
well as the consolidation of state educational resources to enhance
opportunities for education, research, and outreach.
- In mid-May the University announced that it had received a $20.1 million
gift from the Bohemian Foundation, the largest gift ever received by
the University. The gift includes a $4.9 million commitment to the University
Center for the Arts and a $15.2 million commitment for the renovation
of Hughes Stadium, a project which includes the naming of the playing
field at Hughes Stadium for football coach Sonny Lubick. The Bohemian
Foundation is a private family foundation focused on improving the quality
of life in Fort Collins.