CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake publicly announced last night that he was stepping down from his post as chancellor to take on greater roles in alumni and donor relations.
â€œItâ€™s a two-fold decision. One part is to recapture a bit of my personal life, because this is much, much more than a full-time job,â€ Blake said. â€œAnd yet, itâ€™s a also a wonderful opportunity to continue with the passion I have for CSU.â€
Blake was first named chancellor of the CSU System in May, 2009. Prior to that, Blake, a Colorado native, served as president and CEO of the Denver Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade.
â€œBeing chancellor of the CSU System was the highlight of my career,â€ Blake said in a press release.
He first addressed his intention to step down earlier this summer to the Board of Governors. Blake will not step down until the search for a CSU-Pueblo President is complete, which he said in an interview with the Collegian wonâ€™t be until this fall.
The BOG will create a â€œChancellor Search Committee,â€ chaired by former BOG Chair Pat McConathy, tasked with filling Blakeâ€™s position.
Blake was CSUâ€™s first â€œsoleâ€ system chancellor, and was charged with representing CSU across the CSU-Fort Collins, Pueblo and Global campuses.
â€œWe are grateful for his service and delighted he will use his passion for higher education and his contacts to further the mission of the CSU system,â€ said BOG Chairman Joe Zimlich in a press release.
On top of assisting in alumni and donor relations, jobs that Blake said he has a passion for, Blake also hopes to teach at both the Pueblo and Fort Collins campuses once heâ€™s relieved of his duties as chancellor.
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