Colorado State University has new leaders at the helm and I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Anthony A. Frank has been named President of Colorado State University and Joe Blake is the new Chancellor for the Colorado State University System.
Dr. Frank joined the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University more than 16 years ago. His leadership, organizational and entrepreneurial skills were apparent from the start and he quickly worked his way to Head of the then Department of Pathology. In 2000, he was named Vice President for Research and Information Technology at Colorado State University.
He was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President in 2004, followed by Provost in 2005. In 2008, he was named Senior Executive Vice President, and became Interim President in November. I congratulate Dr. Frank on his appointment and know that he will steer Colorado State University through challenging economic times with integrity, perseverance and an unfaltering dedication to helping create a strong and vibrant system of higher education throughout the State of Colorado.
Joe Blake currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System. He is a strong advocate for higher education and is a board member of The Denver Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, the Metro Denver Sports Commission, Porter Hospital Foundation, Denver Police Foundation, and the Executive Committee of Colorado Concern (Past Chair). In recent years, Blake has chaired the Colorado Transportation Commission and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.
Colorado State University will be well served with the selection of these two fine individuals and I look forward to working with them. I also look forward to the future news that Dr. Rick Miranda will be appointed as the permanent Provost and Vice President.
In other College business, from June 10-12, I’ll be attending the WICHE meeting in Salt Lake City. I’ll meet with the Veterinary Medicine Committee, including members from Washington State University, Oregon State University, and Colorado State University, to discuss the WICHE veterinary program. I’ll be joined by our two new Colorado representatives: Kathleen Curry, Colorado State Representative, District 61, in the Colorado General Assembly; and Ralph Johnson, Executive Director of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.
From June 14-16, I’ll be in Grand Junction attending the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s annual meeting, participating in the Animal Health Committee meeting and the Floyd Cross Foundation Meeting.
In budget news, President Frank released an overview of the budget and we are awaiting final approval by the Board of Governor’s at their June 22 meeting. We should have specific details after that, as well as a clearer picture of the budget impact on tuition and the overall University financial status.
I hope each of you is enjoying the longer days of summer. I hope to meet with some of you in my upcoming travels, or when you visit Colorado State University.
Lance Perryman, Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences