Search for CSU’s next president reaches first deadline

On Sept. 30, 2018, Dr. Tony Frank sent a letter to the Colorado State University community announcing that he would be concluding his tenure as president of CSU and will serve exclusively as Chancellor on July 1, 2019. This is Frank’s 11th year as CSU president and fifth as Chancellor of the Colorado State University System. 

Soon after the announcement, the Colorado State University System Board of Governors established the Presidential Search Advisory Committee. The 16-member committee consists of a diverse group of voices, including BOG members, faculty, staff, and community members. The Colorado State University Oval and Administration Building in the summer

CSU also selected the Parker Executive Search firm to assist in the Presidential search. One of the top global executive search firms, PES has conducted more than 500 successful higher education searches. In November 2018, the PSAC hosted eight listening sessions in Fort Collins and a forum in Denver. These meetings gave faculty members, staff, alumni, students, and community members the opportunity to express desired qualities of potential candidates, relay questions and concerns, and propose challenges or opportunities to be faced by the new President. Feedback was also accepted through email and was passed on to the PSAC as part of the reviewing process before meeting with candidates.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 6, 2019 After identifying and interviewing applicants, the committee will pass on recommended candidates to the Board, the hiring authority for the next CSU President. 

CSU’s Division of External Relations developed a website to provide information for Presidential candidates and the general public. The site serves to inform potential applicants about CSU, the CSU System, campus culture, the city of Fort Collins, CSU academic and athletic programs, accolades, students and faculty, and more. Also included on the site is a detailed list of committee members, the presidential job description, and information about the presidential committee.

Faculty, staff, and the members of the community are encouraged to share the site. For more information regarding the search, visit