President Tony Frank received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wartburg College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in pathology and toxicology at Purdue University. He served on the faculty at Oregon State University before joining Colorado State in 1993, where he served as chairman of the Department of Pathology and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Frank served as Vice President for Research and Information Technology at Colorado State from 2000-2005. In this role, he was responsible for the network and data systems of the university and for oversight of the approximately $303 million in research activity that occurs annually at Colorado State. He was appointed to the position of Senior Vice President in July 2004 and was responsible in this role for coordination of the academic core of the university. In 2005, he also assumed the title of Provost of Colorado State University, leading the Division of Academic Affairs and serving as CSU’s chief academic officer. Dr. Frank was named Senior Executive Vice President in 2008 and later in 2008, President of the University. Tony and his wife, Patti, have three daughters.
Provost and Executive Vice President
Miranda serves as Provost and Executive Vice President. Appointed to the position in February 2010, he previously served in an interim capacity since November 2008. From 2002 to 2008, he served as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Miranda joined Colorado State University’s Department of Mathematics in 1981 and since that time has served in several instructional and administrative roles. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his doctorate from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979 before coming to Colorado State as an assistant professor. He became full professor in 1990 and was interim head of Mathematics in 1997-98 before being named chairman
of the department in 1998.
Miranda has also served as visiting professor at several universities in Italy and at Texas A&M University, Oklahoma State University and Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He and his wife, Jeanne Duflot Miranda, have three children.
Vice President for Advancement
Vice President for Advancement Brett Anderson is a 1987 alumnus of Colorado State University. He returned to his alma mater after a successful business career as managing partner of global business and technology company Accenture. As vice president, he supervises fundraising efforts surrounding The Campaign for Colorado State University, oversees alumni and donor relations, and works to build the University’s profile and relationship with key constituent groups. As an alumnus and volunteer, Anderson has a long history of involvement and service at Colorado State, including chairing the Corporate and Foundation Relations Committee and the University’s Development Council. He served on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Panel, received the Colorado State Personal Service Award, and the 2004 College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also been an active volunteer with the CSU Alumni Association. Before his appointment as vice president, Anderson served as a consultant to CSU in the Denver area, leading efforts to strengthen Colorado State’s presence in Denver and building strong connections among Denver-area alumni.
Vice President for Enrollment and Access
Robin Brown, Colorado State’s Vice President for Enrollment and Access, came to the University in fall 2006 from her previous position as Vice President for Enrollment at Willamette University. At Colorado State, she oversees the Office of Admissions, Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Services, and the Access Center.
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in education from State University of New York and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oregon. Before joining Willamette in 2000, she served as interim director of undergraduate admission at The Ohio State University and associate director of admissions and orientation at Oregon State University. Prior to that, she served as director of school relations in the Oregon State System of Higher Education. Brown has been active in many academic organizations including the National Association for College Admission Counseling and The College Board, and currently serves on the National Council for Enrollment Policy and Planning.
Patrick J. Burns
Vice President for Information Technology and
Dean of Libraries
Vice President for Information Technology Patrick J. Burns is responsible for oversight of administrative computing, academic computing and networking services, instructional technology infrastructure, and institutional research. Burns also currently serves as interim dean of Libraries. A professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University, Dr. Burns’ formal education and teaching experience is in Mechanical Engineering in the areas of heat and mass transfer, alternative energies, and large-scale Monte Carlo simulation of particle transfer in complex enclosures.
Dr. Burns joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Colorado State University in 1978. He has served as Coordinator of Supercomputing at CSU and was formerly the Director of the Westnet regional network from 1986 through 1996. He has also conducted several large networking technology projects with K-12 and public libraries. Dr. Burns currently lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Marcia, and their three sons.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Dr. Daniel Bush is the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Colorado State University and is responsible for working with faculty, deans, other vice provosts, and vice presidents to ensure a well-supported faculty and exemplary teaching and learning practices. Dr. Bush is a professor of biology and was chair of the Department of Biology prior to being named a vice provost.
Dr. Bush, who joined CSU in 2003, has played significant roles in several multidisciplinary, intercollegiate initiatives, including spearheading the creation of the Program in Physiological and Molecular Plant Biology. He also was co-author of the successful Clean Energy Supercluster proposal and maintains an active research program in biofuels and plant biology. Bush is a past president of the American Society of Plant Biologists and he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bush earned a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California-Berkeley in 1984. Prior to joining CSU, he was director of the Program in Physiological and Molecular Plant Biology and professor in the Department of Plant Biology and plant biologist for USDA-ARS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Jim Cooney is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Colorado State University, and he is responsible for implementing CSU’s Internationalization Plan. He also serves as Director of the Office of International Programs which oversees International Student and Scholar Services, Study Abroad and International Education. He worked at Harvard University for 24 years as Executive Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and earlier as Dean for International Programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Cooney was an AFS high school exchange student to Austria and a Fulbright Scholar to Germany. He served on the AFS Intercultural Learning Board of Trustees, including two years as chairman of the board, and on the New England Fulbright Board as vice president. He is a member of the international Board of Directors of “NAFSA: The International Educators Association.” In 2003 he received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Cooney received his B.A. from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT, and he authored five books on U.S.-European relations.
Jodie Redditi Hanzlik
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs/Dean of the Graduate School
After a long and productive career in the Occupational Therapy Department, Dr. Jodie Hanzlik has served as Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs/Dean for Graduate Studies at Colorado State University since 2012. Hanzlik has been in the Graduate School since 2007. She joined the OT faculty in 1984 and served as of department head from 1997 through 2006. The Graduate School at CSU has over 4,000 students from around the world are enrolled in over 100 disciplinary and interdisciplinary doctoral, master’s and professional degree programs.
Blanche M. Hughes
Vice President for Student Affairs
As Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Hughes values effective collaboration and building strong relationships in support of a student-centered institution. Prior to that, she spent two years teaching sociology and chairing the department of sociology at Pikes Peak Community College. The majority of her professional experience, however, was spent in her 13-year tenure as the Director of Black Student Services at Colorado State University prior to her move to Colorado Springs in the fall of 1998. She has experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, programming, counseling, training, and leadership development. Her research interest lies in areas relating to race and ethnicity, gender, and student retention in higher education.
Dr. Hughes has a B.A. in education from Earlham College, M.Ed. from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Colorado State University. Blanche and her husband, Wayne, have four children and two granddaughters.
Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
Jason Johnson serves as Deputy General Counsel and Special Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the provision of legal services to Colorado State University, and helping to protect the legal interests of the Colorado State University System. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in 1995 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 1999. Before joining Colorado State University’s Office of the General Counsel in 2008, he worked in Denver practicing commercial litigation, real estate law, and corporate law. Raised in Fort Collins and a graduate of Fort Collins High School, Jason lives in Fort Collins with his wife and two children.
Vice President for University Operations, Chief Financial Officer
Lynn Johnson serves as Vice President for University Operations overseeing administrative departments such as Facilities Management, Business and Financial Services, the Office of Budgets, Parking and Transportation Services, Purchasing, Environmental Health Services, Central Receiving and Mail Services, Human Resources, the Office of the Ombuds and Employees Assistance Program, Risk Management and Insurance, Training and Organizational Development and the Office of Equal Opportunity. Lynn also serves as the liaison to the Administrative Professional Council and State Classified Personnel Council, oversees many University initiatives and programs such as Commitment to Campus, Strategic Partnerships, and serves on the board of the Semester at Sea program. As CFO, her primary focus is to ensure the integrity of the financial processes and reporting of the University.
Lynn previously served as the University Controller and the Director of Business and Financial Services as well as the Director of Sponsored Programs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Texas Arlington. Lynn is a Certified Public Accountant and spent several years in public accounting with KPMG and served as the CFO for a non-profit cancer research center in Denver prior to joining CSU in 2003. Lynn lives in Loveland with her husband and has two sons, one of which is a graduate of CSU’s College of Business and the other is a current student in CSU’s Mechanical Engineering Program.
Vice Provost of Undergraduate Affairs
Dr. Kelly Long is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs. In that role she provides institutional leadership regarding processes and initiatives involving undergraduate education. As VPUA she collaborates with individuals and groups across campus on matters involving curriculum, student success, advising, teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, admission and access. Dr. Long joined the Department of History in 1998 and later served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Kelly taught high school in the Poudre School District for many years and has been actively involved in pre- and in-service educator development and curricular design. Her research and publication involves US-Asian relations, history education, and the Scholarship on Teaching and Learning. Dr. Long received her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University and her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Vice President for External Relations
Tom Milligan serves as Vice President for External Relations at Colorado State University, overseeing collaboration with all other vice presidents, deans, and unit heads to integrate communications and external relations activities across campus to build a strong brand for Colorado State among its many constituents (particularly prospective students, alumni, donors and friends, state and federal agencies and faculty, staff and students.) Milligan and his team manage social media, the university’s web presence and digital communications, media relations, community outreach, major institutional publications, video and documentary production, photography, internal communications and advertising and marketing efforts. Milligan had previously served as Associate Vice President for Communications at CSU before becoming Vice Chancellor for Communications at the University of Tennessee, and the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Vice President for Diversity/Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Access
As Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros leads Colorado State’s diversity efforts and reports directly to the President. Her duties as vice president include leading diversity planning efforts, including assessment, evaluation, and accountability; developing strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations; organizing the annual Diversity Conference; helping to coordinate activities among on-campus units, commissions, committees, and task forces; and representing the University through networking and collaboration with outside communities, schools, and organizations.
Ontiveros also serves as Associate Vice President of Enrollment and Access where she provides oversight for the Access Center, which includes the Alliance Partnership Program. An alumna of CSU, Ontiveros has been an employee of CSU since 1974, working in leadership positions in Admissions, as a faculty affiliate, and special assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo. She has served on numerous CSU committees, councils, and task forces, and is a member of several professional organizations. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and son.
Director of Athletics
Joe Parker is director of Colorado State University Athletics. Parker, hired in March of 2015, had been the deputy athletics director at Texas Tech of the Big 12 Conference since 2011, and also served as senior associate A.D. at the University of Michigan (Big 10), the University of Oklahoma (Big 12), Washington State University (Pac-12), and the University of Texas (Big 12). Parker was a three-time All-America swimmer at Michigan, and also became team captain. He earned a gold and bronze medal as a senior in the 1987 World University Games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Michigan, and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas. He and his wife, Jennie, have two children, Emma and Will.
Alan S. Rudolph
Vice President for Research
Dr. Alan S. Rudolph serves as the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University. Dr. Rudolph is a former member of the Senior Executive Service, having served as the Director for Chemical and Biological Technologies Directorate, Research and Development Enterprise, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, in Fort Belvoir, VA. Dr. Rudolph has had an active career in translating interdisciplinary life sciences into useful applications for biotechnology development. His experience spans basic research to advanced development in academia, government laboratories, and most recently in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has published more than 100 technical publications in areas including molecular biophysics, lipid self-assembly, drug delivery, blood substitutes, medical imaging, tissue engineering, neuroscience, and diagnostics.
Previous to CSU, he has served as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow, and as Chief Executive Officer of Adlyfe, Inc., a diagnostic platform company, and Board Chairman of Cellphire, Inc. Most recently, he started a new international nonprofit foundation, the International Neuroscience Network Foundation, and as director secured corporate and private philanthropic donors to fulfill the mission of the organization focused on brain STEM efforts and clinical trial management in underserved populations.
He has a doctorate degree in zoology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA from George Washington University.
Chair of Faculty Council
Dr. Mary Stromberger is an associate professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oregon State University, her M.S. degree in Soil Science from University of Delaware, and her B.S. in Biology from West Chester University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in soil microbial ecology and conducts research on microbial ecosystem services, including plant-microbial interactions for improved drought tolerance in winter wheat. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award, the Charles N. Shepardson Faculty Teaching Award, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty Award.
Dr. Stromberger has been active in Faculty Council and its standing committees since 2007. She served as the chair of the Committee on Scholarship, Research and Graduate Education (CoSRGE) in 2011-2012, her department’s representative to Faculty Council in 2011-2012, and Vice Chair of Faculty Council for two terms, 2012-2014. She currently serves as the Chair of Faculty Council.
Vice President for Engagement/Director of Colorado State University Extension
Lou Swanson is the Vice President for Engagement and Director of Colorado State University Extension. He oversees CSU Extension, Continuing Education, economic and community development, the Colorado Water Research Institute, and the Bighorn Leadership Development Program.
Dr. Swanson, a rural sociologist, obtained his bachelor’s degree in political science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, his master’s of technology in international development from North Carolina State University and his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State University. He was a professor in the University of Kentucky’s Department of Sociology before joining CSU in 1997. He has served as professor and chair of the CSU Sociology Department and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has spent the majority of his career focused on public policy associated with the sociology of agriculture and rural community studies. A past president of the Rural Sociological Society, he maintains an active research agenda centered on policy issues associated with agriculture and rural development and community change. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and has authored or co-authored six books on rural communities in the United States. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, as a Resident Fellow at Resources for the Future, and in 2009 was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University.
Chief of Staff to the President
Mark Gill is the Chief of Staff to the President at Colorado State University. In this capacity, he is the senior staff assistant responsible for a broad range of support for the office, including oversight of all operations and ensuring effective implementation of initiatives on behalf of the President. Gill retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Colonel in 1998 after 26 years of active duty. During his career, Gill spent 17 years on flight status, has worked under Colin Powell while serving at the Pentagon, and worked on the White House Staff as Deputy Director responsible for Presidential trip security and contingency planning. Gill is also chairman of the ROTC Advisory Board for CSU. He joined the University in 2002.
Colorado State University Research Foundation, President/CEO
Colorado State University Foundation, President/CEO
Kathleen Henry is a third generation Coloradoan and is a Colorado State University alumna. Ms. Henry has served as President/CEO of the Colorado State University Research Foundation (CSURF) since 1988, as well as serving as President/CEO of the Colorado State University Foundation (CSUF) since 1990.
Both CSURF and CSUF provide services to Colorado State University and the Colorado State University System. CSURF has responsibility for the protection, management and commercialization of intellectual property resulting from research at Colorado State University. CSURF also coordinates and manages all the non-campus real estate holdings on behalf of CSU, CSU-Pueblo and CSU system and provides debt financing expertise and capabilities to those entities. CSUF assists in the promotion, development and enhancement of CSU by receiving, managing, and investing all contributions, gifts, and bequests given to the university.
Ms. Henry serves or has served on numerous community and regional boards including the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, PVHS Audit Committee, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Larimer County Humane Society, Colorado Student Obligation Bond Authority, and others. She is a founding member of the CSU Touchdown Club, and a member of the Ram Club and Ram’s Horn Club. Ms. Henry has served since 1990 as an ex-officio member of the Colorado State University Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is also a Life Member of the CSU Alumni Association.
Executive Assistant to the President
Katie Kalkstein serves as the Executive Assistant to the President for Colorado State University. Prior to joining the President’s Office, Katie served as the assistant to the Vice President for Administrative Services, and provided support on many projects in the Office of Budgets and Institutional Analysis.
Director of Presidential and Administrative Communications
Cara Neth is Director of Administrative Communications, President’s Office, for Colorado State University. She graduated from CSU in 1987 with a degree in technical journalism and began her career as a newspaper reporter before returning to campus as a public relations specialist and senior editor in 1989. She served as chief writer for the President’s Office for many years, while simultaneously working as internal communications manager in Human Resource Services, then as Assistant to the President, directing President’s Office operations for six years. As Director of Administrative Communications, she manages communications projects — including speeches, white papers and special reports — for the President and senior administration. She also works with constituents to resolve questions and concerns that are directed to the President.