President Tony Frank named interim chancellor of CSU System

The Colorado State University System Board of Governors on Thursday named Tony Frank, president of CSU’s Fort Collins campus, interim chancellor of the statewide system.

Frank’s new role begins March 1, and he’ll remain as president of the Fort Collins campus.

Chancellor Mike Martin announced on Monday that he plans to step down March 1 and move into a part-time chancellor emeritus and senior fellow role.

“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,” Dorothy Horrell, chair of the CSU Board of Governors, said in a release from the school. “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 joined CSU in 1993 and since that time has served as a 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’s been president since 2008.

Frank, in a prepared statement, said: “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.”

Joe Blake became the first sole chancellor of the CSU System in 2009, and was followed by the hiring of Martin in 2012. Before that, the positions of chancellor and president of the Fort Collins campus were combined.

CSU has three campuses: Fort Collins, Colorado State University-Global Campus in Denver, and Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The chancellor oversees general operations of the system, legislative and government relations, legal affairs, statewide advocacy, and coordination of joint projects and programs among the three campuses.

The Colorado State University System Board of Governors on Thursday named Tony Frank, president of CSU’s Fort Collins campus, interim chancellor of the statewide system.

Frank’s new role begins March 1, and he’ll remain as president of the Fort Collins campus.

Chancellor Mike Martin announced on Monday that he plans to step down March 1 and move into a part-time chancellor emeritus and senior fellow role.

“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,” Dorothy Horrell, chair of the CSU Board of Governors, said in a release from the school. “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 joined CSU in 1993 and since that time has served as a 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’s been president since 2008.

Frank, in a prepared statement, said: “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.”

Joe Blake became the…