Larry Penley was named the next CSU president by the Board of
Governors of the CSU system Monday. The board made their decision
after meeting in an executive session.
An announcement ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. in
Ammons Hall on campus with Penley present to meet faculty, staff
and students and to answer questions.
“We have worked very hard to come up with the right person to
lead the institution and the system,” said Don Hamstra, the new
president of the board. “In Larry Penley we have selected a leader
with vision, experience, integrity and with real passion for moving
Colorado State and the university
system forward. We’re thrilled to make this announcement
tomorrow and excited about what the future holds.”
The announcement comes after a six-month search process that
included Gov. Bill Owens’ controversial endorsement of Marc
Holtzman, who will now serve as president of the University of
Denver with chancellor Dan Ritchie.
Penley will replace current CSU President Albert Yates on July 1
and will become chancellor of the CSU system at the end of
September. The CSU system includes the University of Southern
Colorado, which will be renamed CSU-Pueblo in July. The decision
came down to the board’s final two candidates; Penley and
University of Florida’s vice president for agriculture and natural
resources, Michael Martin.
“Both finalists, Larry Penley and Mike Martin of the University
of Florida, were impressive candidates. Mike Martin was an
outstanding candidate and we have a great deal of respect for him,”
Along with Penley, Martin has been considered as a candidate for
president at other universities including UF.
Penley was a presidential candidate for the University of New
Mexico until May 6 when the university chose another candidate.
Currently the dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at
Arizona State University, Penley has been regarded as an aggressive
Penley was unavailable for comment, as he was in route to Fort
“I am excited that someone was chosen,” said Associated Students
of CSU president-elect Jesse Launcher. “I think he will do a
fantastic job and I hope everyone welcomes him as much as I