The Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System today named Colorado State President Tony Frank as interim chancellor of the statewide system, beginning March 1. He will hold a dual role, continuing to serve as president of the Fort Collins campus.
Chancellor Mike Martin, who has served in the role since 2012, on Monday announced his decision to step down March 1 and transition to part-time status as chancellor emeritus and senior fellow.
Frank has served in a number of capacities at Colorado State since joining the university in 1993, including faculty member, researcher, department chair, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, vice president for research, and provost and senior vice president. He became the 14th president of Colorado State University in 2008.
“Tony Frank is one of the top higher education leaders in the country, and we are confident that in this role he will help provide the leadership and stability necessary to support all three universities in upholding their missions, building excellence, and serving the state,” said Dorothy Horrell, chair of the CSU Board of Governors. “Over the next few months, as we look to finalize the permanent leadership structure, we’ll focus on improving an already strong system, and Tony will be central in helping to design that.”
Frank said: “Our statewide system is designed to provide an affordable, high-quality education for a diverse range of learners at all stages of life – including recent high school graduates, working professionals, veterans transitioning to civilian life, and scholars pursuing advanced knowledge at the highest levels. All three of our institutions are doing very well and making great progress, with a shared commitment to serving Colorado. I’m honored to take on this new role and to work with our board to build on the great momentum across the CSU System.”
For many years, the position of System Chancellor and President of the Fort Collins campus were combined – past CSU Presidents Phil Austin, Al Yates and Larry Penley held both titles. Joe Blake became the first sole chancellor of the System in 2009, followed by Martin. The Chancellor oversees general operations of the CSU System, legislative and government relations, legal affairs, statewide advocacy, and coordination of joint projects and programs among the three campuses. The presidents of Colorado State University, Colorado State University-Global Campus and Colorado State University-Pueblo have dual reporting roles to the system chancellor and to the Board of Governors.