Board of Governors looks to hire search committee for Tony Frank’s replacement

Samantha Ye

After less than a week since University President Tony Frank officially announced he would be transitioning into the role of full-time chancellor, Colorado State University is starting to make arrangements to find a new President.

The CSU System’s Board of Governors confirmed the establishment of a Presidential Search Advisory Committee to find a replacement for current president Tony Frank on Oct. 5.

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The committee will contribute to designing candidate search goals, including a candidate profile, job description and leadership statement, to be used in the national search for a new CSU president, according to a University press release. They will also interview identified applicants and recommend qualified candidates to the Board, which is the final hiring authority.

“As we look for the next president of CSU we are committed to gathering the input of our faculty, staff, students, and community to make sure that we find the right person to lead this institution forward with the strong momentum the University has today,” said Chair of the CSU System Board of Governors Rico Munn, in the release.

According to the press release, the committee will be composed of faculty, staff, student and community representation, among other stakeholders.

Committee members will be chosen by the CSU Board in the next week. The Board will also be finding and contracting a search firm to carry out the committee’s search goals.

As we look for the next president of CSU we are committed to gathering the input of our faculty, staff, students, and community to make sure that we find the right person to lead this institution forward with the strong momentum the University has today,” Rico Munn, Chair of the CSU System Board of Governors.

Frank announced he will be stepping down as CSU president earlier this week, and the Board approved his transition to full-time CSU system chancellor to happen July 1, 2019.

In his final Fall Address on Oct. 3, Frank touched on many of the successes of his 10-year presidency, including the growth of the University and increased diversity of the student population. 

“I start my last year as the president of Colorado State University with knowing that I have done my best and grateful for the immense honor and privilege it has been to do this work alongside all of you. And I mean to keep on doing so until the end,” Frank said.

Munn said in a previous statement that although Frank has succeeded in balancing the demands of his dual role as president and chancellor, a full-time focus will now be required for managing large-scale projects that are currently underway. Now, the Board is looking ahead to more growth in the University’s future. 

“Colorado State University is on a powerful trajectory, setting records year-after-year in enrollment and student success, research funding and philanthropic giving, and we are confident that the opportunity to lead this university into its next 150 years will attract an excellent pool of candidates for the position,” Munn said. 

Samantha Ye can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @samxye4.

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