Some changes are in store for two of CSU’s vice presidents.
After almost a year at CSU, President Larry Penley has decided
to restructure the university administration, and two of the five
current vice presidents will take on expanded roles starting
Thursday. The Board of Governors for the CSU System approved the
reorganization last week.
Tony Frank, vice president for Research and Information
Technology, will add to his duties the new senior vice president
position. This position will lead the university’s academic,
research and student affairs areas, according to a university news
Linda Kuk, vice president for Student Affairs, will add the
duties of dean of admissions to her current role.
“My goal in all of this is to put together a comprehensive
recruitment plan that will tie into the goals (Penley has) outlined
in his inaugural address and that will tie into the
strategic-planning process,” Kuk said.
Penley and Frank were unable to be reached before the newspaper
went to press.
However, Penley wrote an e-mail to the university community
stating that with several key constitutional and financial
challenges facing the university, the restructuring will help
strengthen CSU’s management structure.
“The financial pressures faced by CSU mean that I must
accelerate my efforts to provide the consistent leadership, good
management and regular communication you need to be successful in
the environment that currently exists,” Penley wrote.
Frank, who has been a CSU vice president since August 2000, is
currently in charge of the university’s research funding. He is
also a former associate dean and department chair in the College of
Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“Larry Penley has set an ambitious course for Colorado State in
the coming years, and I’m confident that working together, we can
reach our goals and even better meet the needs of the society we
exist to serve,” Frank said in the news release.
Kuk has been a CSU vice president since 2001 and is also a CSU
She believes the added workload of the admissions dean position
will be “workable” because the people involved are all dedicated to
“My motivation is really tied to really caring about this
place,” Kuk said.
One of her main goals for admissions is to evaluate and increase
recruiting efforts, she said.
“One of the goals that we have is to be a little more out there
in terms of recruiting efforts, especially out of state,” Kuk
Kuk said the admissions-office structure will stay mostly the
same, but she will be taking some time to evaluate the office and
look at what it might need in terms of increased resources and
Penley also made a change to the Office of Equal Opportunity, in
large part because of recent Supreme Court decisions, according to
Dana Hiatt, the office’s director, will report directly to
Penley, as well as to John Lincoln, senior adviser to the president
who came to the university on April 1. Lincoln is in charge of
coordinating diversity and improving enrollment management at
“This reorganization is designed to place Colorado State’s
academic core at the center of all we do, taking advantage of the
university’s research maturity, maintaining a focus on diversity
and centralizing our admissions activity in ways that further
strengthen our student body,” Penley said.