For a while, Keith Ickes will have another title piled on to his
current lengthy one: interim vice president for Administrative
Ickes, currently associate vice president for Administrative
Services and director of the Office of Budgets and Institutional
Analysis, will serve in this position while a national search for a
new vice president is completed.
“(Ickes is) a longtime, very capable administrator,” said
university spokesman Tom Milligan. “He was chosen for his
experience at CSU.”
The position opened up when Gerard Bomotti, who has served in
the position since 1993, announced plans to leave CSU on Aug. 31 to
take the vice president for finance position at the University of
“(Ickes is) a very good university citizen. He has a very bright
mind; I think he’ll do an excellent job in that role,” Bomotti
Ickes came to CSU in the fall of 1988 to work for the Office of
Institutional Research from Cornell University, where he served as
a university registrar. He later merged the offices of Budgets and
Planning with Institutional Research at CSU to create the Office of
Budgets and Institutional Analysis in 1991.
Ickes was appointed to his current position in 2002. His
educational background includes a master’s in business
administration from CSU, and he was a doctoral candidate in
mathematical logic at Indiana University.
“We are fortunate to have such an experienced and committed
member of our university staff serve in this capacity and we are
confident Keith Ickes will continue to move Colorado State in a
positive trajectory,” said CSU President Larry Penley in a press
Ickes will continue serving as the associate vice president for
Administrative Services and director of OBIA while taking on the
role of vice president on an interim basis.
“I’ll be working with him closely over the course of this month
so hopefully the transition will be smooth, nothing will fall
through the cracks and the institution will be well served,”
The vice president of administrative services position oversees
human resources, payroll, parking, purchasing, physical planning,
accounting, financial and budget functions and institutional
Penley, the hiring official for the vice presidential search,
has begun setting up a search committee by appointing Mark
Driscoll, director of athletics, and Lance Perryman, dean of the
College of Veterinary Medicine, as co-chairs.
Penley has yet to name all members of the committee.
Milligan said Driscoll was chosen for his experience in finance
during his time as the First National Bank president, and Perryman
was chosen because he is a well-respected, nationally known
“(I am) always pleased to be of service to the university,”
According to Milligan, the university, through the search
committee, seeks to find the best person for the job.
“The goal of the institution is two things: first and foremost
to conduct a national search that brings in the very best candidate
possible, and two, to do it as quickly as we can,” Milligan
Perryman is uncertain how long the search will take.
“I think what we’re looking for is someone who has a great
experience and vision, who can understand the important role an
administrative services unit can play in helping the institution to
achieve its goals,” Milligan said.
The search will be conducted and advertised nationally, but
there are no provisions on who may apply.
“This is a very important position and in a national base, a
very attractive position,” Milligan said.