In its meeting Tuesday morning, the CSU System Board of Governors welcomed two new people to the system: its newest voting board member and the president of CSU-Global, the universityâ€™s online campus.
The board approved Gov. Bill Ritterâ€™s appointment of Dorothy Horrell, the president of the philanthropic Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.
Having served as president of the Community Colleges of Colorado, a system of 13 two-year public colleges that serve more than a quarter of a million students each year, Horrell said despite the learning curve she will likely experience, she is eager to understand the CSU System.
Though the system is more complex than the one encompassing community colleges in terms of research, graduate programs and revenue sources, Horell said thereâ€™s a common thread.
â€œStudents are the center of every mission,â€ she said.
Horell served as the president of Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood and is a member of Ritterâ€™s P-20 Education Coordinating Council, Board of Directors of Exempla Healthcare, First National Bank of Colorado, Colorado Association of Funders and Arrupe Jesuit High School.
A native of Holyoke, Horell earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at CSU.
The board voted unanimously to accept a search committeeâ€™s recommendation to appoint sole finalist Becky Takeda-Tinker for the position of president of CSU-Global.
Recommending her for the position, a BOG member and chair of the CSU-Global presidential search committee said the number of applicants who applied for the position is an indicator of whatâ€™s happening in the online university market. Takeda-Tanita, however, was the most qualified for the position.
Having worked at CSU-Global since 2008 and currently as the dean of Academics Affairs at CSU-Global, Takeda-Tinker has led publicly-held and private technology and service companies and has served as a private equity partner and financial services business owner, experience that other board members said made her stand out from other candidates for the position.
Her appointment will be effective after a 14-day public notice period, as stipulated in state statute, according to a press release from BOG spokesperson Michele McKinney. At this time, Takeda-Tinker is ready to take over and continue what she considers the mission of CSU-Global.
â€œThis is an opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited to carry forward the boardâ€™s foresight to create Global â€¨Campus, and its platform of affordable, convenient, accessible and high quality degree programs to enable â€¨more nontraditional students to earn a degree,â€ she said, according to the same press release.
Takeda-Tinker has a doctoral degree from Capella University, an MBA in Finance from Santa Clara â€¨University, a post-graduate certificate from the University of California-Berkeley and a bachelorâ€™s degree in economics â€¨from UCLA.
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