Feb 142005
Authors: Lila Hickey

Tony Frank, senior vice president and vice president for research and information technology at CSU was named interim provost Monday, filling a gap created by resigning Provost Peter J. Nicholls.

"Tony Frank's outstanding reputation and long history with Colorado State University position him well to take on this new challenge," CSU President Larry Penley said in a press release. "Tony is widely respected as both a scholar and administrator and we believe he is the right person to take the university's excellence in academics and research to the next level."

Penley selected Frank after consulting with the Board of Governors for the CSU System, college deans and faculty, the press release said.

"It's an honor to be asked to serve an institution with faculty and staff of such high quality," Frank said in the press release.

Frank will begin working alongside Nicholls in the coming weeks, according to Stacy Dotson, assistant to the provost.

"They are going to be working together for the next weeks," Dotson said.

Frank, who has worked at CSU since 1993 and been senior vice president since June of 2004, said in the press release that he had learned from past provosts.

"I've been fortunate to observe and learn from excellent past provosts at Colorado State, and I owe them a debt of thanks," he said.

Frank will retain his position as senior vice president, but will no longer be vice president of research and technology. Hank Gardner, associate vice president for research, will become the interim vice president for research.

"Hank is currently associate vice president for research, and has tremendous experience in that background," said University Spokesman Brad Bohlander.

Gardner, who has been at CSU since 2001, will become interim vice president for research immediately.

While Penley is authorized to appoint an interim provost, an official search committee is necessary to choose a permanent replacement for Nicholls. Bohlander did not know when the committee would begin seeking candidates.

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