Colorado State University in January plans to launch nationwide searches to fill two of its most prominent and highly paid administrative positions.
The university on Thursday announced the formation of search committees tasked with finding a new provost and executive vice president as well as a vice president for external relations after both positions were vacated or scheduled to be vacated in the past year.
First-year university President Joyce McConnell said in a news release that she hopes to have new leaders in place by the end of the spring semester. CSU has hired national search firm Greenwood-Asher to assist with both searches.
Here’s a deeper look at the two high-profile openings:
Provost and executive vice president
CSU in November announced that Rick Miranda, who had served as the university’s top academic officer since 2010, was stepping down from the post that paid him more than $383,000 annually.
Miranda plans to return to a tenured faculty position with his salary being finalized prior to that transition, a university official said in November. In Thursday’s release, the university said Miranda will step down from the role at the conclusion of the search for his replacement.
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Miranda has worked at CSU since 1982 and served as chair of the mathematics department and dean of the College of Natural Sciences before being named interim provost in 2009 by then President Tony Frank.
As provost, Miranda served as Frank’s No. 2, overseeing academic affairs, institutional budgets, enrollment, student affairs, IT, operations, research and international engagement.
“Everything that CSU accomplished as an institution over the last decade was made possible, in part, by the leadership of Rick Miranda,” Frank said in a November press release. Frank is now the CSU System’s full-time chancellor.
A 13-person committee chaired by Warner College of Natural Resources Dean John Haynes will search for Miranda’s replacement.
Vice President for External Relations
CSU’s top communications position has been vacant on a full-time basis since December 2018, when Tom Milligan resigned from the post that paid him more than $250,000 per year.
In January, as Frank was preparing to transition from university president to system chancellor, he said he would likely keep the position open to allow his successor to make a permanent appointment.
Pam Jackson, assistant vice president and director of internal communications, has filled the role on an interim basis for the past year. Jackson, who joined CSU in 2015, will stay with the university in a leadership role, according to a CSU release.
CSU’s external relations division handles all university news, public relations, marketing and branding and community outreach efforts, among other duties.
A 10-person committee led by College of Business Dean Beth Walker will lead the search.
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