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Authors: J.J. Babb

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

Nevada-Las Vegas.

“(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,”

Bomotti said.

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,”

Perryman said.

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.

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